I’ve had some odd encounters lately, and I thought I’d write a quick post about why that’s been happening as a public service announcement of sorts.
Here’s what’s up:
1.My family is Jewish
2. We have been seen enjoying Easter-exclusive candies like Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs, Cadbury Cream Eggs (the caramel ones, too), Hershey Eggs, and several others. For years, actually.
There seems to be a belief among some out there in society that it’s weird for Jews to eat Easter candy because Jews aren’t supposed to celebrate Easter.
We aren’t celebrating Easter.
The truth is, we just like the candy.
I understand that it was totally natural for the lady behind me in line at the store today to make the assumption that I must be putting together some fantastic Easter baskets with the pile of candy I had placed on the conveyor belt (after all, she didn’t know my religious affiliation), but no ma’am, I was just buying the candy. To eat. (Not just me: my whole family is eating it.)
The people who have mentioned to me or my kids that “you must celebrate Easter if you eat the Easter candy”, knowing that we are Jewish, are just…wrong.
(By the way, We eat candy canes too, but we don’t celebrate Christmas.)
My point is, a grocery trip which includes a stop in the seasonal candy aisle does not have any hidden meaning. At all.
And now, back to your regularly scheduled weekend.
If you DO celebrate Easter, have a happy one!
And pass the Peeps, please.