“Can I Interest You in Hanukkah?”

This article in today’s New York Times on interfaith families celebrating the December feasts reminded me to put up the clip of Jon and Stephen’s duet from the Colbert Christmas special. I found it interesting that most of the couples interviewed in the article were Jewish and Catholic (as are Jon Stewart and his wife). Or maybe not all that unusual given the New York demographics…..

I love this song. It’s quite possibly my favorite from the special. Although I don’t think it’s quite fair that it focuses on the secular aspects of Hanukkah and the religious aspects of Christmas. But then that’s an underlying issue in this whole crazy time of year. Culture, commercialism, family traditions and religious roots get all jumbled together.

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Shanah Tovah!

Ah, the Jewish high holy days! If Stephen keeps this up, I’m going to have to change the blog to Jewish Colbert, which wouldn’t have the same alliteration. A while back I posted these clips from Stephen’s nod to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Last night he announced that he was again reviving the repentance hotline, 1-888-OOPS-JEW. Only this year he’s sharing it with a janitorial supply company, 1-888-MOPS-KEY.

And here’s New York public schools chancellor Joel Klein calling in the apologize: