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Jews have historically been bored on Christmas Eve, since there is nothing to do except sit around with the parents and drink hot chocolate. In the late ’80s, though, Jewish yuppies started organizing cocktail parties, presumably as a way to escape the traditional “When are you going to get married?” naggings. Basically, these shindigs are an extension of the fraternity-mixer scene: Lots of eager girls in too much makeup prowl for handsome, horny boys. This year, there are several gatherings, but the two taking place in the District proper extend the greatest promise for an entertaining evening. There’s an easy way to figure out which one to attend—if you’re looking for a good time with a twentysomething alterna-kid with a temp job, go to the Gefilte Fish Gala at 7 p.m. at the Crow Bar, 1006 20th St. NW. $5 (clothing or canned food donations accepted, proceeds benefit United Jewish Appeal). (301) 589-1749. But if it’s a date with a lawyer or doctor you want (your mother would be so happy), then go to the Matzo Ball ’96 at 8 p.m. at LuLu’s, 22nd & M Sts. NW. $20. (202) 861-5858. (Tina Plottel)