December 20, 2006
FROM THE ARCHIVES: SINCE WHEN IS MORE LOOT A DILEMMA? (via The Mother Judd):
Holidays' Convergence Adds to December Dilemma (ANDY NEWMAN, 12/20/05, NY Times)
On Sunday afternoon, millions of families in the New York area will sit down to Christmas dinner.
In thousands of those homes, dinner will be interrupted around a quarter past four.
As the sun prepares to set, some man, woman or child will say a brief prayer in Hebrew and light the first candle on the Hanukkah menorah.
This year, for the first time since 1959, the first and typically most festive night of Hanukkah falls on Dec. 25. In the ever-growing ranks of families where Christians and Jews have intermarried, this is more than a mere quirk of the calendar.
For an unabashed syncretist, the double-barreled holiday offers an excuse to eat mashed potatoes and potato latkes in the same sitting, with candy canes and chocolate gelt for dessert. For those who take care to faithfully pass on to their children both their Jewish and Christian heritages, an annual juggling ritual is tricky, and the danger of confusion greater.
But for everyone in a blended family, the phenomenon that has become known as the December Dilemma poses a particular logistical challenge this year.
Our son says he's going to marry a black girl so he can celebrate Kwaanzaa too.
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 20, 2006 7:44 AM
(Originally posted: 12/20/05)