As a public school child in the 70’s, my Valentine’s Day often ended in tears. I remember digging into my optimistically large brown paper bag in first grade to find only three envelopes, even though my mother had insisted I fill out mass-produced cards for every child in my class. “No one likes me!” I […]
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The other winner, chosen by random.org is Mary Ellen, who wrote:
I was raised Catholic, and I loved Christmas. What’s not to like? The
scents, the music, the joy. I always felt a little sorry for my Jewish
friends who were stuck with that little dreydel that they made out of
clay. Fast forward and now I’m married to a Jewish man, raising three
Jewish children, and identifying more and more with Judaism. I enjoy
sharing the Hanukkah traditions with my family, and I’ve even learned
some great songs!
I’m interest in this book because my mother-in-law, a Holocaust
survivor, was raised in France. I grew up on stories of “Christmas
around the World,” and I’m curious as to how Hanukkah traditions are
shaped and influenced by the countries in which they are celebrated.