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Hanukkah and Christmas

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    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

    Survey Says: Interfaith Families Keep Holidays Seperate

    By Douglas J. Guth

    Reprinted news article interviewing Ed Case about’s survey of how its readers celebrate the December holidays.

    Date: 08-09-2006

    Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life Etz Chayim, the Tree of Life

    By Andi Rosenthal

    Personal narrative from a Jew-by-choice coming to terms with giving up Christmas.

    Date: 08-09-2006

    Southern Comfort

    By Cara Nissman

    Personal narrative about an interdating woman who spent Christmas with her boyfriend’s large family, and brought a menorah along.

    Date: 08-09-2006

    Remembrance of Doughnuts Past: Defending the Meaning of Hanukkah

    By Jane Ulman

    Personal narrative about why Hanukkah is an important modern Jewish holiday since it brings familes together and creates happy memories--even if it is a "minor" holiday traditionally.

    Date: 08-09-2006

    Pepper Ann Tries to Celebrate "A Kosher Christmas"

    By Anne Ludden

    Review of an episode of Disney’s cartoon Pepper Ann which dealt with the December dilemma for a pre-teen from an interfaith family.

    Date: 08-09-2006

    Our Multicultural, Interfaith Holiday Season

    By Ava Yelizaveta Shapochnik-Sanchez

    Personal narrative about a multi-cultural couple from Moldova and Colombia who respect (and whose parents respect) both religions and traditions while raising Jewish children.

    Date: 08-09-2006

    Nuances of Hanukkah Story Should Be Kept Alive - and Changed

    By Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

    Professional advice about the Hanukkah story’s deeper meaning: the need to keep Judaism alive by making it relevant to each new generation and each individual person.

    Date: 08-09-2006

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