Chanukah Archive

Fifteen Christmases and an Eitz Moed

Last December, on a Jewish journey and with my possessions in storage, I celebrated my first tree-free holiday season. This year, officially Jewish and back in my own apartment, I'm finally faced with the December Dilemma. Jews don't put up Christmas trees, and there's no such thing as a Chanukah bush. And then I got an idea. Read More

Oy to the World

When a well-meaning friend asked me on Christmas Eve, "Is being at temple tonight hard for you?" they were surprised I said, "No." I wasn't surprised at all. Read More

Fourteen Christmases and a Chanukiyah

Living Jewishly obviously means spending the period from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve with a different emphasis. This year, I'll leave my well-known tree fetish behind. But as I ponder all the adult Christmases I've kept, I'm realizing I won't miss that holiday's sense of joy and wonder...because I'm increasingly finding those feelings to be an everyday part of my new journey. Read More