No, not Bill Murray …
More like Jan Murray, originally named Murray Janofsky. How do retail clerks in the handful of stores such as Starbucks that are open on December 25 greet their patrons (in neighborhoods where Jews are scant)? Well, Starbucks’ official policy is that employees have the autonomy to greet customers any way they’d like. So this couple, bedecked in red sweat pant and red/green sweater finery, got the enthusiastic “Merry Christmas!” greeting this morning.
On the other hand, this young man sporting shorts and a yarmulke received the perfunctory and pareve “good morning”.
The middle ground however is less clear. What of the customer who is neither yarmulke-d or ugly sweatered? The retail clerk, on at least a subliminal level, must be engaged in some sort of profiling – using some form of ethnic radar – to decide whether it’s appropriate or not to extend the holiday greeting.
In any event, in this season where Christmas falls in the center of Chanukah, and in the spirit the great cross-cultural composer, Irving Berlin … (C)happy (C)holidays!