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Cheery And Challenging Chanukah-Christmas Chatter

Cheery And Challenging Chanukah-Christmas Chatter

With Chanukah just a few days away, and Christmas not far behind, the Intertubes are not surprisingly very, very congested with interesting Chanukah-Christmas Chatter. (Isn’t it cool that each of those three words starts with C-H, but in each one it’s pronounced differently? Clearly I’ve been spending a lot of time with my learning-to-read 5-year-old!)

Some of the most interesting discussion is on Chveller (just kidding: it’s actually spelled Kveller), which ran Jordana Horn’s “Actually You Can’t Celebrate Christmas AND Hanukkah,” closely followed by Jennifer Arrow’s “We CAN and DO Celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah.” Both are thought-provoking, well-written pieces and both (Jennifer’s is also laugh-out-loud funny), not surprisingly, are generating tons o’ chomments (I mean comments). You may want to chime in too!

Kveller also has a beautiful essay by Adina Kay-Gross called “Christmas Made Me A Better Jew,” which is an homage to her very supportive and charming Catholic grandmother.

On the off chance that you want more Kislev Kondundrum chronicles to chew on, you may choose to check out the Parenting Blog on, which is chock full with a veritable chorus about the challenges and cheer of the season. also has an essay called “Oy, Tannenbaum!” about a tree-trimming party attended mostly by Jews.


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