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I am a member of the tribe– aka a Jew which means that while December is afloat in all things jingle bell and merry ho hos, my kids and I are not able to revel in all its glory without feeling guilty that we’re forfeiting our religion for another – if only for a month.
Years ago at first I tried rationalize it to my daughter, as my son begged us for a small bush to call his own– which he wanted to string with popcorn and adorn with an angel. I said it was akin to a decoration, that it is art, beauty and the same as admiring and collecting paintings and statues- which we do anyhow and so perhaps we could view these Christmas decorations in a similar light.
But, there was a big but, somehow our conversations always trickled back down to the manger, Mother Mary and the baby Jesus and ultimately I’ve always found myself bombarded with the questions like; “Wait, wasn’t Jesus a Jew? Did he convert to Christianity? Did he start a new religion” and smack in the middle of a theological mess I just was not prepared to muddle through.
Being a member of the J tribe during the month of December, when the glare of multi-colored lights, sparkly reindeer and the possibility of a jolly old man climbing down your chimney, leaving you with more brightly wrapped presents than your heart can handle– well it can send the littlest members of the tribe over the brink. And no amount of menorahs and frying up potato pancakes can compete with the lure of jingles and a culture which is so utterly absorbed in the impending Christmas holiday.
So what’s a Jewish mama to do?! My top four tips and a ModernTribe.com $50 giveaway because funky Jewish Bling is always the answer!
#1 Don’t try to compete- you’ll never win! Forget the Hanukkah bush, stringing blue lights in the shape of a star of David across your windows. Bottom line — it won’t be nearly as eye popping as your next door neighbor’s robotic Santa and his reindeer resplendent in Swarovski crystals. Instead do your own thing; create your own family tradition of decorating your house. We do a lot of drawings, and yes I even allow my kids to bring out the glitter and playdoh — and just let them go gaga creating dioramas, figures, just about anything that has to do with the story of Hanukkah and anything that will take their minds off mistletoe and a manger scene.
#2 Remind your kids that the beauty of this world is that we live in a time and place where each and every one of us can take pride in our religion and customs. In other words they should not feel jealous of their Christian friends, rather they should feel grateful that we live in a society where a Star of David and a baby Jesus can co-exist and both can bring joy and beauty to a neighborhood in their own individual ways.
#3 Take comfort in the fact that the Holiday season is only a month long and soon you can channel all of your parental guilt and anxiety into not sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions. See if you look for it there’s a silver lining in every situation!
#4 And of course there are always PRESENTS!!! That’s right I am NOT above using the fact that there are eight days of Chanukah -which means EIGHT days of presents and in case you need a few ideas here are some of my favorites which will help you remind your kiddo that being a jew can also be pretty darn sparkling and magical too!
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This past week I had eight days to tour Israel with some of the coolest Jewish women on this planet- as a MEDIA MAGNET and one of those extraordinary women just HAPPENED to be the co-owner of Modern Tribe and a renowned author as well – Amy Kritzer who pens the blog What Jew Wanna Eat. I have so much to share with you about this transformative journey I was blessed to be a part of thanks to the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project but FIRST – we need to gear up for Hanukkah – and there is NO BETTER PLACE to shop till you drop and feel like being Jewish is the greatest thing next to sliced bread than while browsing Modern Tribe!
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