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Hanukkah and Christmas

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    Wax and Tinsel

    By Joelle Asaro Berman

    Personal narrative about a young woman’s family’s traditions of celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah in the home, since December holidays are really all about family and food.

    Date: 08-10-2006

    To Tree or Not to Tree

    By Staci Kennedy

    Personal narrative explaining why one intermarried woman decided she couldn’t have a tree, even though it was the only vestage of Christianity that held meaning for her husband.

    Date: 08-10-2006

    To Play or Not to Play Carols

    By Robert Wiener

    Reprinted news article about a controversy in a New Jersey school district over a mysterious ban on the brass ensemble playing Christmas carols--no one knows who instigated the ban, and no one’s sure whether it’s necessary!

    Date: 08-10-2006

    Thoughts on Christmas

    By Jennifer Kittay

    Personal narrative by a woman who grew up in an interfaith family, remembering how Christmas in her house was more about tradition, familiarity and family than religion.

    Date: 08-10-2006

    The Yiddishkeit of Bacon

    By Dan Friedman

    Personal narrative about an intermarried man who helped his in-laws decorate a Christmas tree, but considers it a secular celebration.

    Date: 08-10-2006

    The Search for Common Ground

    By Elizabeth Lund

    Reprinted news article about how interfaith couples of many different combinations need to communicate and search for common ground, practices which our nation can learn from.

    Date: 08-10-2006

    The Ghosts of Christmas Past

    By Andi Rosenthal

    Personal narrative by a woman who converted to Judaism and has a strong Jewish identity, and was surprised to find that she still misses Christmas.

    Date: 08-09-2006

    The Disappearing Christmas Tree: One Interfaith Step-Family's Complex Holiday Solution

    By Paula Lee Hellman

    Personal narrative about a Jewish woman who re-married a Jewish man after they had both been in interfaith relationships.  In their house, they decided not to have a Christmas tree, much to their childrens’ chagrin.

    Date: 08-09-2006

    The December Delight

    By Jim Keen

    Personal narrative from the Protestant half of an intermarried couple describing how his family has negotiated the December Dilemma:  they have made it a delight by spending both Christmas and Hanukkah with family and friends.

    Date: 08-09-2006

    The Christmas Tree Mitzvah

    By Teresa McMahon

    Personal narrative by Catholic woman raising Jewish kids who missed having a real Christmas tree but worried that having one would threaten her kids’ Jewish identities.  When she was sick, her husband and kids got a tree

    Date: 08-09-2006

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