In lieu of TV Tuesday and in honor of Hanukkah, I’m going to rant about radio coverage of Hanukkah. As my husband just pointed out, this post isn’t really about kids unless you go about it from the angle that our kids are Jewish (and Korean. I like to call them Jewrean) so this affects them.
Every year on Christmas Eve, I have no choice but to listen to Christmas carols if I want to listen to the radio. Since we live in the cave ages and don’t have even a CD player in our car, I always do end up singing along to “Silver Bells”. Every year without fail, some moronic DJ plays Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song and then wishes everybody a happy Hanukkah.
While I’m a fan of Sandler’s song (and so is Lily! Already!), this drives me insane because often Hanukkah is long since over by the time Christmas comes around. Hanukkah starts on a different day each year on the Western calendar because its start date is based on the solar/lunar Jewish calendar.
I know it makes me a bad Jew, but I really wish we’d just convert the holidays to solid Western start dates so I stop being shocked when I turn to December to discover that Hanukkah starts the next day or that I’ve completely missed Purim AGAIN. (Going to temple occasionally might help me conquer this problem.) I know it’s totally commercialized holiday of me, but it’s really annoying when Hanukkah starts so ridiculously early that you can’t get in on holiday deals.
This year was one of those years– Hanukkah started on the evening of December 1. It will be over December 8. By the time Christmas Eve is here, Hanukkah will have been over for two and a half weeks. It’s ridiculous to say “Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish listeners” on the radio at that point.
I wouldn’t be as annoyed by this if perhaps I ever heard the Hanukkah song on the radio any time but Christmas Eve. I never hear it in the weeks leading up to Hanukkah or during Hanukkah itself unless it is a year that Hanukkah happens to overlap Christmas Eve.
The DJs are trying to be more inclusive by playing the occasional Hanukkah song during their Christmas carol purge, but saying nothing about Hanukkah until it’s two weeks too late is insulting.
So next time you hear Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah tribute on Christmas Eve, check your calendar and roll your eyes if the DJ is actively pissing me off. Chances are, he is.
I’ll let you in on a secret: We bought Lily a Buzz Lightyear doll for Hanukkah. Shhhhh… don’t tell.
Today I was putting out feelers to make sure she even wanted a Buzz doll. In the past, it’s seemed like she doesn’t like Buzz or might even be scared of him. When she got her birthday gift cards, she chose every other Toy Story character over getting him (or a big sandbox or a giant Dora doll).
If you watch the “Toy Story” movies from the perspective of a 3-year-old, it make sense why Lily doesn’t like Buzz. There are moments in each of the three movies where Buzz comes off as a bad guy. In the first “Toy Story”, Buzz threatens Woody’s place as favorite toy. In “Toy Story 2″, there’s a Buzz clone from the toy store who doesn’t understand he’s a toy and threatens the mission to rescue Woody. In “Toy Story 3″ (spoiler alert), Buzz gets reprogrammed and turns against the other toys.
Given three instances of bad Buzz moments, I can understand why Lily might not like Buzz or want him to be a member of her “Toy Story Friends toys” (that’s what she calls them).
Today I asked Lily if she wanted a Buzz and she got completely excited. She is only 3, so where her logic took her next really amused me. “We have to go get Buzz! He’s at Toys R Us! We have to go to Toys R Us and get Buzz! I have to put my shirt on. Where are my pants? I need shoes. We have to go now.”
She thought if I even mentioned getting Buzz, we all had to pile into the car and go to Toys R Us immediately! She wanted him RIGHT THEN.
Oops. She has to wait at least 2.5 more weeks before Buzz will actually become a member of her toy family.
Next time I won’t ask. I mean, we have every other Toy Story cast member (except the green alien guys Lily calls “the green toys”), clearly she wouldn’t object to having a Buzz Lightyear (a talking model was on sale at the Disney Store for $20! I’d never seen them for less than $35!).
Seeing her excitement makes me impatient for Hanukkah even though it starts WAY too early this year. Making Hanukkah start December 1 is just cruel! It’s hard to shop in time and I know I can’t be the only one who forgets about the presents she just got 2 weeks ago when everyone else in the world is hitting the motherload December 25. Lunar Jewish calendar, I beseech you to take more care in the future! If Hanukkah must be corrupted and overblown because of Christmas and commercialization, it should at least wait to start until mid-December. Enough with the December 1 nonsense already!