Hanukkah is not a Jewish Christmas

"Hanukkah is not a Jewish Christmas!"

The month of December for many is the most wonderful and magical time of the year, however, it's more than excessive shopping to put presents under a tree, it's about spending time with family, friends and sharing traditions.  As I Christian, I have been celebrating Christmas my entire life, however, my hubby and sons converted to Islam and as the boys have gotten older, I have lessened the amount of decorations in the house and this year have considered not even putting up a tree.  My husband and sons were raised in a Baptist Church but converted many years ago and although I have purchased them gifts in the past, of which they gladly accepted, I too have gladly accepted their gifts to me on Eid al Fitr.

The other day I had a great conversation with my friend Shoshana, who is Jewish and will be celebrating Hanukkah which begins on December 2nd this year.  During our conversation, we talked about how we each celebrate the holidays when our family members are of different religions.  During our conversation, she stated that someone actually said to her, "oh, Hanukkah is like a Jewish Christmas"  Not only was that totally wrong but it was definitely an inaccurate statement so I asked her to explain more about the true meaing of Hanukkah.  I also asked if she would send me the link to a few articles that explains the history and traditions of Hanukkah so that I could share it here.

According to the article: Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights that begins this year on the evening of Tuesday, December 2, commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem that had been defiled after the Maccabean Revolt, a biblical story that — while it has a few different versions — celebrates the miracle of triumph against overwhelming odds. One part of the miracle, perhaps the part most familiar to today’s celebrants, is the story of how one night’s worth of oil miraculously lasted for eight. That element has inspired many foods eaten to mark Hanukkah, just one of the ways in which the holiday’s traditions have deep origins.

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One thing that we both agreed upon and is an accurate statement, no matter our faith or religion, we should  all celebrate each other in love, spending quality time with family and friends and of course sharing our traditions to make this month and every month the most wonderful and magical time of the year.