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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Tod Kelly says:

    How many gift did you get before becoming one of the chosen presents people?Report

  2. BSK says:

    We often got more than 8 gifts, depending on the size/expense of the individual gifts.  As a Catholic kid who went to Catholic school but grew up in a Jewish neighborhood, I remember wondering if the Jewish kids got not 8 presents, but 8 nights of gifts, with each night looking like Christmas morning.  Then again, my Catholic classmates told tales of Hanukah Harry, who supposedly lived in the woods and stole presents from Christians to give to Jews.  So…. yea… we were pretty ignorant despite ample opportunity to not be.Report

    • Kimsie in reply to BSK says:

      psst! it could be worse. I knew a homeschooled Catholic girl, who when she saw that we were having burgers on a friday, said

      “But you can’t eat meat on a Friday!”

      My mom’s response: “We’re Jewish”

      My friend continued to say “but you can’t!” (I think her mom hadn’t exposed her to the idea of other religions. She was about ten at the time)Report

      • BSK in reply to Kimsie says:

        More race/ethnic based, but on one of the earliest (perhaps the pilot) episodes of “King of the Hill”, a Laotian family moves into the rural Texas town.  The neighbors approach and say, “So, are you Chinese or Japanese?”  “We are Laotian”.  “Yea, but are you Chinese or Japanese?”  “We are from Laos, a small country on the south eastern peninsula of Asia.”  “CHI…NESE…OR….JAP…A…NESE?”  Classic.Report

  3. Alissa says:

    My friend told me when we were grownups she always wanted to be Jewish because we got 8 nights of gifts.  I always assumed it was the opposite, Jews wanted to celebrate Christmas.  All overrated– most important is being with family and being healthy.Report