Hannukah began on December 10th this year and the last day of Hannukah is on December 18th. Christmas is December 25th.
We have presents.
We have a tree decorated.
I am planning holiday meals, all the special treats we both love to have at this time of the year.
Edward gives me Hannukah gifts and I give him Christmas presents.
Edward was born Jewish.
I was raised Christian.
It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t conflict.
I had friends in the military that had interfaith marriages. I never thought about it. It didn’t seem weird. I never wondered how they blended the holidays. I never wondered how they raised their children, if they would celebrate both or just one of the holidays.
I went to do some shopping this week for the holidays at TJ Maxx. They had holiday decorations galore. There were Santa’s, tree decorations, gingerbread house kits, wreaths, and tinsel. Lots of tinsel. As I rounded the corner, there was a small section with blue, silver and white decorations. I noticed a sign that said, Merry Chrismukkah. Is Chrismukkah a thing? I went home and started googling Chrismukkah and I was astonished at all the links that came up, items for sale, recipes, Wikipedia info, articles on Chrismukkah; to include one written by a sociologist that specializes in American Jewry.
Christmas is the biggest Christian holiday while Hannukah is a minor, yet festive Jewish holiday. Merry Chrismukkah, I love the sound of that. I love the blending of the holidays and traditions. I love that it is a blending, not a separating. One is not better, or bigger, or brighter. They just are. I didn’t marry a Jewish man. I married a man that just happened to be Jewish. The holidays are different, but the sentiments are the same. Peace, love, joy, and hope.
Chrrismukkah, a double dose of holiday cheer!