Baltimore single mom's attempts at navigating the deep & confusing relationship abyss--now with added "stepmom duties" (with some sailing thrown in for good measure)
Monday, December 10, 2012
Christmas Lights or Chanukah House, You Decide
Chanukah House on Greenspring Ave
I'll start this post with the disclaimer that I'm not a "Bah! Humbug!" kinda gal. OK, now that I've said this, I want to have a discussion about Baltimore. Or rather, suburban Baltimore County. For many years, 11 to be precise, I lived near Pikesville--a decidedly non-Christian area of town for those in the know. It is often referred to as the shtetl Pikesville if that helps you see what I mean--lots of schuls & Saturday walking Jews. In fact there's a very real enclosure
that surrounds a great deal of Pikesville if you know where to look.
There is actually, a line, or cable that outlines the area connected via
telephone & electrical poles that is part of the "enclosure" or eruv in a Jewish community. See this link for more information on eruvim: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eruv And this post is all about dividing lines as you will see.....In my old neighborhood it was a rarity to see Christmas lights. Yeah, there were a few scattered hither & yon, & it was fun to see the neighbor up the street really do it up big with all of the blown-up Xmas carousels, Frosties, & Santas all over his front lawn & very out of place, but generally, it was pretty quiet in that neck of over the river & through the woods. Except Hanukkah House--now that place is spectacular!! On Greenspring Ave, close to Smith, there is a sight to see--the Jews' answer to extreme Christmas lights display. But, other than that, well, not much except the Hanukkah car that is on Northwest Citizens' Patrol with the menorah lit on top. Either way, Christmas is just not that big in my old stomping grounds. Which brings me to my big move almost 7 months ago. Yikes! It's been that long already! Anyway, there is an invisible line right about at I-83 that seems to divide my old neighborhood with my new one--Towson/Lutherville-Timonium. One side is Jewish & the other is Christian. OK, that is a GROSS overstatement but when you've moved from one side to the other as I have recently, well it is kinda glaringly obvious. And I do mean glaringly--those Christmas lights all over my new neighborhood burn! My eyes! They are burning the Jew outta me!!!! I have counted the lit reindeer along Bellona Ave & Thorton Rd & I gotta say, they are multiplying like electricity through a cable---little Christmas rats! ACK! Now if it would just snow then the
Xmas Reindeer in Timonium
lights would be very nice. The reflection on the snow, the time of year---you get my snow drift... But I live on the Christian side now--I'm a (deer) Jew caught in the Xmas lights....but I insist, I'm no Bah! Humbug! I swear!