Holiday Tips for Interfaith Families
Choose the Most Meaningful Elements
"We decided to focus on what is most important to each of us," says Jacob, a culturally Jewish man married to Diane, a Christian. "We don't have a Christmas tree, but the smell of greenery around the house at that time of year is something that Diane really likes. So we put up greenery, along with some stars of David."
Elizabeth, a mom who is planning to convert to Judaism, says, "I couldn't live with my family not having a Christmas Eve dinner. We invite my side of the family. We don't put up one stitch of Christmas, and there are always Hanukkah decorations all over the place. My parents and grandparents have never turned us down. The way we explain it to our kids is that it happens to be Christmas Eve, and we're having my relatives over for a really nice dinner. But this is their holiday, not ours."