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Thursday, December 2, 2010


We are not Jewish, but Jesus was.  And even though he probably would not have celebrated Hanukkah with latkes and dreidels, he would have known of the historical events surrounding the defeat of the Syrians by the Jews led by Judah Maccabee.

And so we celebrate.  The eight-day span of Hanukkah makes it easy to fit into even a packed schedule.  This year, for the first time, we watched a delightful Shari Lewis dvd:

Lambchop's Chanukah and Passover Surprise

It was terrific -- and Shari took away my qualms over celebrating a holiday that is not really "ours" by pointing out, "You go to birthday parties even when it's not your birthday, don't you?"

And then another night we read some books that we like at this time of year:

The Miracle of Hanukkah by Seymour Chwast


I Have a Little Dreidel by Maxie Baum

And the dreidel game and potato latkes appeared on another night!

So don't be afraid to celebrate a holiday from a different culture -- you're allowed!

Happy Hanukkah!

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