Its that time of year again. We even got a big snow fall to remind us. Until that happens we know Christmas is coming but somehow the rush comes on when that snow falls. It happens this year that Christmas and Chanukah come out on the same day. Christmas is always on the 25th of December but since we Jews are on a Lunar calendar it comes out on different days. Seems we always have to complicate things.
Anyhow, we both have our traditions. Christians have a tree with lights and we have a Menorah with lights. Both can be simple or elaborate. Its the feeling and history that count. Christians have a traditions of giving gifts to each other. Perhaps that has to do with the 3 wise men bringing gifts. Its our tradition to give children Chanukah Gelt, (money) and I’m not sure where that came from. When my grandchildren were little I used to get them a little gift for each day of Chanukah as I didn’t think they would appreciate money as much as a present. Last year, the girl was 8 and the boy 10, and I went to visit them the first night of Chanukah. I said, “No more presents, you have enough stuff, I got you each a card.” and I gave them each a card.”That’s okay Bubbie. A card is fine.” They tried to console me. The 8 year old opened hers first and started to read it and a $20.00 bill dropped to the floor. “”Hey, look what fell out of my card.” The 10 year old opened his card and found the same thing. They were both thrilled. Tradition!
But if you’re into giving gifts, we’ll make your life easy. We have all sorts of stuff for adults and children as well as gift cards. Do come and visit, call or email us. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Chanukah.