December 23, 2006

FROM THE ARCHIVES: THE LATKES WENT GREAT WITH THE STANDING RIB ROAST:

Two Faiths Celebrate in 'Merry Mishmash': Christmas falls on the first day of Hanukkah this year, a rarity causing many families to juggle their traditions. (Lisa Richardson, December 25, 2005, LA Times)

For the first time since 1959 and only the fourth time in nearly a century, Christmas and the start of Hanukkah fall on the same day. Hanukkah follows the Jewish calendar, which is tied to the moon's cycles, so it can occur as early as Thanksgiving or as late as New Year's Eve.

Because more than half of Jews marry outside their faith, many of those who marry Christians must juggle both holidays, each with its own unique customs and traditions. Indeed, a dual celebration could be confusing.

"This is the mother of all Chrismukkahs," said Ron Gompertz, who with his Christian wife, Michelle, co-founded the website http://www.chrismukkah.com , defined as "a cross-cultural gumbo of cherished rituals and festivities shared by interfaith families."


(Originally posted: 12/25/05)

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 23, 2006 11:35 PM
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