December Holidays

December Holiday information one sheet

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The Twelve Days of Interfaith Holidays

With not quite 12 days between Hanukkah and Christmas this year (depending on just how you count), I thought I would dedicate this post to that persistently ambitious Christmas carol (which also has more than one Hanukkah-themed version). In no particular order, here are some memorable moments from this December’s interfaith holiday season: 1.  Learning […]

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Finding the Light this Hanukkah

It’s the time of year when the days are short, the nights are dark, and the joyful music and decorations abound.  Wherever we go we hear celebratory music and greetings of “merry” and “happy.” I usually love this time of the year with its crisp air, sweet smells, and joyful song. But this year I […]

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Being a Jewish Grandparent at Christmas Time

Ruth Nemzoff discusses issues that can arise during the December holidays for grandparents of interfaith families and tools for handling them.

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My December Disaster

An excerpt about December holidays from Jane Larkin’s book From Generation to Generation

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The December Holidays

I have always known December as a time to prepare for Christmas. Now that I am in an interfaith relationship, December is a time for many holiday celebrations. Sam grew up in an interfaith household celebrating Christmas with his mom’s family and Hanukkah with his dad’s family. Growing up, Sam’s family all picked one day […]

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Put a Menorah on It

Last week, Linda K. Wertheimer wrote for the Huffington Post about how a local grocery chain warmed her heart with a grocery bag featuring a menorah and a Hanukkah greeting.  It’s a lovely, warm piece about sharing the holiday spirit.  And I had two responses – first, an impulsive disappointment, as I remembered how I […]

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We Should Acknowledge Their Sacrifice

At Christmastime, these righteous and generous partners in our midst are reminded of what they have given up. This year, let us acknowledge their contribution to strengthening our people. Let’s remember to say thank you, not to take their involvement for granted.

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Wreaths and Crowns, Christmas and Hanukkah

The surprising history of the Christmas wreath, with a Jewish Hanukkah twist.

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Grandparents and the December Dilemma

As grandparents, how can you navigate the December holidays with your grandchildren? How do you balance Hanukkah with their other grandparents’ holiday?

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