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Jewish Christmas

'It Became My Mission To Be The Best Non-Christian Christmas Celebrator Around'

Vicki Abelson | Posted 02.23.2014 | Fifty
Vicki Abelson

I know it's not my holiday, but Christmas belongs to everyone... except my Uncle Si.

How To Be A Jewish Boomer And Still Celebrate Christmas

Renee Fisher | Posted 02.21.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Jews throughout history have devised clever ways to horn in on the Christmas holiday. They have, like Life in the Boomer Lane, married Christians. They have created their own traditions which usually involve going to the movies and/or eating Chinese food.

Dear Santa: A Letter From a Nice Jewish Girl

Jen Glantz | Posted 02.17.2014 | Comedy
Jen Glantz

My name Is Jennifer Sara Glantz. You may scratch your head in fatigue and wonder about why my name does not sound familiar, or why you've never seen my name on a naughty or a nice list.

Interfaith Christmas: Making God Boundless

Mike Ghouse | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

In the spirit of celebrating Christmas, I urge people of all faiths to reflect upon the message of Jesus Christ without the politics of Christianity. On this Christmas day, reach out to everyone.

Am I A Rotten Jew For Loving Christmas?

Benjamin Solomon | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Benjamin Solomon

Hanukkah will never be a replacement for Christmas -- and it shouldn't have to be. But can I justify celebrating Christmas while still calling myself a Jew?

'Christmas Belongs To All Of Us Because All Of Us Can Find Something In It To Be Angry About'

Posted 12.13.2012 | Comedy

While Fox News is perpetuating the war on Christmas, Jon Stewart is putting an end to it by exploring the true meaning of the season. As the "Daily Sh...

Deck The Halls With Matzoh Balls

Hal Lifson | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Hal Lifson

Every year as a kid in the 1960s my family celebrated Christmas as a festive holiday. The funny part of this to some of my friends is that my family was Jewish. Why not enjoy all the holidays during December?

What Does Hanukkah Mean to my Autistic Son?

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 02.11.2013 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

This year, "eight days" has personal resonance. During the ordeal of hurricane Sandy six weeks ago, we lost power for eight days. It was inky black beyond the fire's glow. I finally understood, on a visceral level, why for millennia, people stared down darkness with celebrations of light.

Keeping Score On Jewish Assimilation

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Kevin Bermeister

I overheard a florist comment that he'd sold more Christmas trees this year to Jewish families than non-Jewish families, and it got me thinking that the state of play for Team-Jewish is at a critical point of the game.

A Jewish Christmas Guide: Alternatives For Dec. 24th And 25th

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

Hanukkah may overlap Christmas this year, but menorah-lighters aren't expecting that to diminish Santa's power over this season. Luckily, that fac...

Oy to the World

Jim Moret | Posted 02.17.2012 | Home
Jim Moret

It began as a request and evolved into a mandate from my wife over our twenty-nine year marriage: no Christmas trees in our home. It wasn't an unreasonable expectation. After all, we are Jewish.

A Jewish Christmas? Some Say 'Oy Tannenbaum'

Posted 12.15.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Frances Dinkelspiel attends a Reform synagogue, is raising her teenage daughters Jewish and plans to h...

If It's an Even Year, It's Jewish Christmas.

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Theo Pauline Nestor

I've long had an uneasy relationship with Christmas. When I was eighteen, my stepsister died on Christmas day. Of course, everything about that one s...

Santa, Are We Breaking Up?

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Randy Susan Meyers

It's hard growing up in a world where something is shining on a mountain, and you think everyone in the world except you is allowed up. Was it such a sin to dip a Jewish toe into this Christian ocean of good will?

Jewish Christmas At Aria Restaurant: Chinese Food And A Movie

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Jews around the world celebrated the Festival of Lights a little early this year, as the whims of the lunar calendar put Chanukah right in the beginni...

A Jew At Christmas

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

It was a point of pride for my parents and teachers that we clung faithfully to traditions such as Hanukkah in the face of so much Christmas -- and a source of pride in America that we could do so, for the most part, unmolested.