The Truth About Santa, as Revealed to a Jewish Girl Circa 1980
Canadian comedian Ophira Eisenberg tells of the day she went to the mall and conquered her Christmas envy once and for all
For those who are prone to Christmas envy—particularly but not exclusively the elementary-school set—this has been a challenging year. Hanukkah ended weeks ago, and ever since, we’ve just had to grin and bear it in the face of the annual onslaught of red and green and jingle and sparkle.
Ophira Eisenberg, comedian, writer, and host of the weekly NPR trivia show “Ask Me Another,” is no stranger to this Christmas envy. Eisenberg grew up a religious minority in Calgary, Alberta, at a time when schools saw no need to take an inclusive approach to religious and cultural traditions. Here’s her tale of Christmases past, which was brought to our attention after she shared it at a live story-telling event for The Moth.
When I was a child, my family’s history was hidden from me. Now I’ve made sure that my own child will always know where she came from.