Originally Posted by SallyC
Sorry Cyn, didn't mean to offend. It was true though and I thought that some Jewish families put up a tree and have presents and call it a Hanakah(sp) tree?
No problem Sal. I know you did not mean to offend. Just a word to the wise, religion can be a difficult subject when talking about another's beliefs.
The only families I know that put up a xmas tree are those with one adult parent that grew up with that tradition because one was of a xtian religion.
It is not the norm for a Jewish family to have a tree or call it a hannukah bush, etc. We don't exchange gifts with each other, my kids never believed in Santa Claus.
We had our own traditions, our own celebrations. All are rich in joy and create lasting great memories.
When it comes to December 25th, we go to a Chinese restaurant because it is one of the few restaurants open and because the day is long and boring, a good movie is always nice.
One year, DH and I went skiing. The slopes were basically empty until the afternoon when we saw a lot of people there with their new equipment.
Another xmas eve, we had a potluck dinner with our Muslim friends and discussed our mutual non-celebration.
One of these days, I want to go to Hawaii and sit on the beach...that is actually just a hotel room overlooking the beach because of not being able to negotiate the sand.