Dec. 16th, 2007

lbmango: (crotchety)
So, I just got back from a holiday party at a co-worker's house. I was the youngest person there by about 10-15 years. This isn't surprising, given my office, but yeah... Anyway, that wasn't my peeve.

I normally don't mind when people say "Merry Christmas" to me. I mean, I can be happy on Dec 25 as easily as any other day I suppose. When I get told "Merry Christmas" many times in a row, it starts to get to me. It makes me feel like an "Other"... Anyway, that also wasn't my peeve.

When people ask my whether I'm going back to MD for the Holiday, I tell them that I'm Jewish. It puts an end to the line of questioning pretty quickly, and isn't all that awkward... at least no more awkward than the position they put me in... (for some reason everyone I've said this to has seemed surprised. I don't get it... No one has felt the need to apologize (Nor should they, I can just imagine someone feeling that way)). That isn't my peeve either.

My peeve is that everyone assumes that my hat is a Christmas hat.

For those that haven't seen me in a while, or have forgotten, or something, I have a fleece jester's hat. It's blue with green on the bottom, and two bell-points. It's very warm, and I've had it for probably 12-13 years. I love my hat. I wear it because I'm a juggler, and that's why my mother gave it to me. It has absolutely nothing to do with "the season" except in so far as "the season" is winter, and it's a winter hat. If it were some combination of red, white and green, I would understand the confusion. If it only had one bell-point, I would understand the confusion. This is very clearly a jester's hat. Is there some Christmas tradition involving jester's hats that I'm not aware of? I don't think so. I think people just assume that anything happy during December is related to Christmas.

And THAT bothers me.

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