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Friday, December 23, 2005


I was shopping in my local grocery store today and had to smile at the "Hannukah Center" set up in one of the aisles...

I'm guessing it was set up to appease 'Jews who get their noses out of joint' (as referenced in an earlier post) at the thought of society doing anything 'Christmas' without a matching reference to Hannukah (note there's not a lot of noise from the Jewish side of the religious aisle demanding equal air time for Kwanzaa and Ramadan, is there?).

Now, you might ask, why do I think that the store put it up for reasons other than the incredible local demand for any and all things to do with Hannukah? Perhaps it had to do with the fact that this particular suburb of DC is not known for having a high percentage of people who think God didn't have a son who was born two thousand plus years ago this coming Sunday (in fact, most Jews in the DC area avoid settling in Northern Virginia, seeing as it is full of bigots).. so a Hannukah display makes as much sense here as a nudist camp selling souvenir T-shirts. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that it was a teeny little cardboard display, the type one does as a symbolic gesture, rather than the bigger and more prominent display the store would provide was there actually any demand for Hannukah items in this area... as compared to the full display set up for ice cream cones and toppings... in December. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that the teeny little cardboard display was fully stocked, just a day and a half before the start of Hannukah, as compared to the half-empty shelves elsewhere in the store, again, evidence that nobody was buying what they had to offer. Or, perhaps it was the fact that the items in the teeny display were so ridiculously off-market that I could only conclude that it was designed and stocked by someone who didn't have a clue as to what Jews might actually be looking for this time of year.... perhaps someone in the store's department of token gestures, rather than the merchandising managers who actually have to care about putting items out that people might want to buy...