Enough Already With The Xmas Wars!
12/20/2011 - 19:28

Yikes, Chanukah has barely begun and this Christmas-Chanukah thing is starting to feel like the Chelsea (another “ch” word*) Clinton wedding: enough already!

Today, my routine blog scan turned up a response (on InterfaithFamily.com) to a response (on the Forward’s Sisterhood blog) to a Huffington Post article entitled "8 Reasons My Interfaith Family Celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas."

Adding to the clamor, my friend Paul Golin, of the Jewish Outreach Institute, has a piece (it’s actually quite good) on Tablet “about interfaith families and the trend in Jewish media of non-intermarried Jews telling intermarried Jews not to have Christmas trees.”

All this Jewish-Jewish needling comes on the heels of Sue Fishkoff, the Kveller debates and more.

Oy. And yes, I know, I am more guilty than anyone. 

So, I hereby resolve, not to print one more word about pine trees or anything else pertaining to a certain holiday that falls on Dec. 25.

At least I’ll try.

And can we get back to discussing something we can all agree on, like the Israel-Palestinian conflict?

Happy Chanukah, folks!



*Incidentally, for those of you who share my obsession with words: my 5-year-old daughter has reminded me of yet another “ch” pronunciation, the softer, French-y sound, as in “Charlotte’s Web.”

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After writing a response to the response to my HuffPost piece, I'm ready for holiday peace, I promise. Also, I need to stop blogging and go make latkes already...

(For anyone still interested, go to http://onbeingboth.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/interfaith-children-born-this-way/ )

But could you please correct the bad link to my original piece, with the correct title of "8 Reasons My Interfaith Family Celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas."

Thanks! And Chag Sameach! Sue