Every year around then end of November, Jewish Young Adults find themselves surrounded by what is euphemistic called the “Holiday Season”. This month long event is meant to instill an extra amount of joy and merriment to all, regardless of religion or nationality. For the JYA, it is an opportunity to crash as many Christmas parties as possible.
JYAs love attending Christmas parties because it gives them an entertaining taste into the rites and rituals of Non Jews. For some, it is an occasion to practice making out with their Goyish office crush underneath a sprig of Mistletoe. For others, it is a chance to revel in odd culinary treats like Egg Nog. Still others use the Christmas party as a way to poke fun of the quaint fashion statements of their Non-Jewish peers, like thick woolen sweaters with leather elbow pads and prancing reindeer on the sleeves. And there are even those that combine all three Non-Jewish idiosyncrasies into one night, like JYA “Tanya” who was spotted at the Holiday Party for her LA based PR agency stating “I was so drunk on eggnog last night and I was totally going to make out with Chris under the mistletoe but then I realized that he was wearing like a green Santa hat and brown corduroys and I was like, there is no way I am letting some dude who wears pleats put his tongue in my mouth. I was so grossed out”.
It is important to note that a JYAs fascination with Christmas Parties is proportional to the concentration of Jews in his/her neighborhood. Meaning, JYAs that live in predominantly Jewish areas display a higher interest in attending Christmas Parties than those who live in areas that are predominately Non-Jewish, probably stemming from the increased novelty effect of interacting with Gentiles. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see Israeli JYAs as the ones who are the most rambunctious and gung-ho about Yuletide affairs, and will frequently be the most drunk at Christmas Parties.