Chanukah, the festival of lights. It may seem disrespectful to lump Chanukah and Christmas together but in the age of individualized experiences, this was mine. The two always go together. Yes, they are different holidays and have nothing to do with each other, I still can’t help think of menorah’s and blintzes when I think of Christmas.
To say you can’t celebrate all the different holidays and events that happen this time of year together seems to entirely miss the point in my opinion. This is the time of year when we should be coming together and celebrating our differences.
No matter the holiday you focus on this time of year they all have the same message of inclusion. Santa travels the world to every child and people near and far come to see the birth of Christ. I could go on why we shouldn’t be separating out each of the holidays and celebrating them all as one big festival of joy but I think saying it this simply makes the point.
Although I am not a religious Jew I am one through heritage. This heritage means a lot to me and I try to incorporate it as often as possible. I still light the menorah every night of Chanukah even thought I can’t recite the prayer from memory. I still make blintzes and latkes for my Chanukah dinner albeit slightly different versions.
I do all this because it’s part of who I am it pays tribute and respect to the upbringing I had, the history and heritage of my family, and in the process figuring out how to make it meaningful to me and my family.
I guess my point is this: No matter what you believe, no matter what your history, no matter what your heritage, this is the time of year to bring it all together and celebrate it. Celebrate who you are, where you came from, what the possibilities are, and have fun with it! I mean, How Does a Dinosaur Say Happy Chanukah? (The children’s book at the back of the picture. This was my latest silly fun find for Chanukah!)