It’s the day after Christmas and we spent the day at my mothers helping family celebrate their holiday. It was a nice time, full of food and gifts and spending time with loved ones, while it wasn’t our day, it was nice being together. Our kids grew up celebrating Yule for a few years of their life, so it was nice seeing them say “Christmas isn’t our holiday, but it was fun.” We got a huge Kalorik Maxx air fryer oven and have been testing it out and so far, it’s really amazing.

We got my mother a new bed, she was so excited and it brought us a lot of happiness seeing her happy with it. My uncles were both there and my uncle Bill got us an adorable collectible Jewish Annalee doll from 1993 and we already have it displayed in our house and love it. The kids have been playing with their new toys non-stop since and I’ve ordered some new board games for family time and several new Jewish books I’ll be reading and adding the best ones to my recommended list here. 

A lot of new content is on the way here, including a review section for the books I’ve read, so check back often… so much more is in the works!

 

 

As a Jew with a Christian mother and uncles, I honor them by going over to their house to help celebrate their holiday. I only say, “Merry Christmas,” on Christmas day because Hannukah for the Jews, Yule to Pagans, Kwanzaa for African-Americans, all fall around the same timeframe. Most of the time I say, “Happy Holidays,” to people, not out of being PC or as a slight, but out of respect for everyone’s holidays around the season. 

That is out of the way, so, happy holidays…

I celebrate Christmas for my wife and my parents, it has nothing to do with Jesus to us, just family coming together for gifts and a meal. My kids see their grandparents, we eat too much food, we open gifts and talk, all with a festively decorated Pagan Christmas tree (that was warned not to do in the bible) in the backdrop. So for us, it isn’t our holiday, but we celebrate it to honor those in our family who do. 

None of us in our immediate family (my wife, me, or our four children) feel left out of the holiday, we just had eight crazy nights (yes an Adam Sandler reference) of Hannukah celebrations. When my wife and I lose the last of our parents, we won’t celebrate Christmas any longer, because it’s not our holiday, but until then, we honor our parents and their special day.