3 Fun Thanksgivukkah Rituals

Need more proof the holiday gods loathe interfaith families like mine who celebrate everything? Thanksgiving and Hanukkah arrive together this year. (Yes, dutiful observers: Hanukkah technically arrives the night before Thanksgiving. Thanks for the reminder why nobody likes dutiful observers.)Anyway, in honor of this only-in-a-shiksa’s-worst-nightmare scenario, I hope you’ll try some of my family’s favorite Thanksgivukkah rituals. The more of them you enjoy, the more likely we’ll be to bump into each other at therapy....more

Chanukah: 8 Days of Joyous Gift Giving

Chanukah is one of my most favorite holidays of the year.  Why?  It is a happy ending story of heroism and cooperation.   Also (and I swear this is secondary) it lasts for over a week and includes the traditional 8 days of gift giving.  As I am a lover of gifts and surprises, the fun of Chanukah suits me well.   For others who didn’t grow up celebrating the holiday, there can be a quandary for them on what is an appropriate gift to give for Chanukah.   Every year, I get asked in person or by email what someone should get for their Jewish friend o...more
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Love and Lights

Tonight is the last night of our very first Hanukkah. If you are wondering when we converted to Judaism, you aren’t alone. We’ve had a few questions about our celebration of the holiday this year, but the best way I can describe it is we’re not a religious crew. Trent and I have very different ideas about religion and God in general, but to put it plainly, I have a very hard time believing in any religion these days....more

The Christmas-Hanukkah Household

This is my tenth Christmas/Hanukkah season with Marc, and I find that as it approaches, it's the first one that I'm relaxed and happy about in a long time.  We celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah, and I'm perfectly content about it, for the first time in years.  We also do Easter/Passover, but somehow, that's never really been an issue.  Passover is a much more significant event -  Easter is reduced to nothing more than a fun party at Grammy's house....more
I had a Jewish foster daughter one year, so we celebrated both. It was my first Hanukkah, and ...more

Tips For an Eco Hanukkah

The menorah has been lit, and the celebration of Hanukkah has begun. However, let us not forget to be eco-conscious. Check out some of these easy tips to have a healthy and green Hanukkah this year and every year....more

A Jewish Mom Answers an Existential Question about Christmas in the Grocery Store

When my son was a l’il dude, I tried not to bring him to the grocery store if I could avoid it....more

When Did Saying "Happy Holidays!" Become a Bad Thing?

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is upon us, and apparently, we can count on two things - a showdown in Congress and whining about the supposed war on Christmas. It's ironic, isn't it? Everywhere you look, there are Christmas decorations. Christmas music is being piped into every store and restaurant. The Christmas season has stretched longer and longer, with Christmas merchandise now appearing in stores even before Halloween. And yet, somehow, this isn't enough emphasis on Christmas for some. Consider the following examples: ...more
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Happy Hanukkah!

May the warmth and glow of each candle you light make your heart and home happy and Hanukkah bright.To my friends celebrating the Festival of Lights: Happy Hanukkah!...more
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Ho Ho Hanukkah

On Friday when I picked up Paigey from preschool her teacher handed me her lunchbox and said, “I didn’t know you guys celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah.”To which I answered, “We don’t actually celebrate Hanukkah. Whoever might have given you that idea?”She and I smiled down at Paige, who practically started whistling and kicking the dirt to look all innocent....more

The Hanukkah Trifecta.

Whoa!  Are those traditional Hanukkah treats?  Wait, are there such a thing as ” traditional Hanukkah treats”?...more