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post #81 of 90
Luna Mom-

I am glad you found a solution!

We've had some present sitting out for a week now (all from the mail) and Goo hasn't noticed. So nice to be young.

We are planning to do more holidays as Goo gets older. We didn't do a sukka this year, but did go to the Sokkot Shabbot and showed Goo the Temple's Sukka.

I agree, purim isn't a terribly religious holiday IMHO. It is a fun one and a great story to pass on!
post #82 of 90
Today in Fred Meyer store:

ME: Excuse me, do you have anything for Channukah?

Store Guy: Ummm.... What do you mean by Channukah?

:

We actually found some Channukah plates and napkins and I bought way too many.
post #83 of 90
I hope this isn't bad... My absolute favorite holiday songs are the Adam Sandler Channukah songs. I love them, and every single time he says, "OJ Simpson...Not A Jew..." I crack up. I'm always sad when they stop playing it.
post #84 of 90
I think those songs are pretty funny too. I just wish they'd been around when I was a little kid. :LOL
post #85 of 90
Stranger on street to me: "Merry Christmas!"
Me: "Thanks! Happy Chanukah!"
Stranger with a surprised look: "Happy Chanukah!"
I figured that if she was going to assume I was Christian, I was going to assume she was Jewish.

As a kid, I never wanted a Christmas tree. I think it's weird when people think all Jewish kids must be jealous of Xmas trees.

There's a Jewish mama thread under Finding Your Tribe, if anyone who hasn't seen it is interested.
post #86 of 90
Happy Hanukkah to all you Jewish mamas from a neo-pagan gnostic mystic with Eastern overtones!!!

I grew up on LI where there was a menorah in many windows this time of year. We sang not one but 2 Jewish songs at elementary school holiday concerts.

Here is one:

Hanukkah

Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the Menorah,
Let's have a party, we'll all dance the hora.
Gather round the table, we'll give you a treat.
Sevivon to play with, Latkes to eat.
And while we are playing,
The candles are burning low.
One for each night, they shed a sweet light,
To remind us of days long ago;
One for each night, they shed a sweet light,
To remind us of days long ago...

Here is one we did not sing but it sounds fun!

Dreidel, Spin, Spin, Spin
Dreidel, spin, spin, spin!
Chanukah is a good holiday;
Chanukah is a good holiday -
Dreidel, spin, spin, spin!

It's a happy holiday for the people;
A great miracle happened there;
A great miracle happened there -
It's a happy holiday for the people

here is one that sound smore serious:

Who Can Retell
Who can retell,
the things that befell us,
Who can count them?
In every age a hero or sage,
Came to our aid.

Hark! In days of yore in
Israel's ancient land,
Brave Maccabeus led the
faithful band.
But now all Israel must as one arise,
Redeem itself through deed and sacrifice.

Who can retell,
the things that befell us,
Who can count them?
In every age a hero or sage,
Came to our aid.




Last night after doing some "xmas" shopping, my dh and 2 of our younguns drove around some neighborhoods looking at solstice lights. Did not see one menorah and felt sad. We are in north eastern MA.

Right now I am getting ready to go to my UU "church" to participate in a completely pagan solstice celebration my dh is helping to put on! Very excited. I have led home celebrations the last few years, and it feels great to be "forcing" a whole church full of open minded liberals to cast a circle and honor the elements and directions and welcome the return of the sun. I am proud of my shy dh too! Let's hear it for proud minorities making a difference and opening a few minds!

Happy Holidays (hollydays I call it).
post #87 of 90
Quote:
... by Foobar
... I agree, purim isn't a terribly religious holiday IMHO. It is a fun one and a great story to pass on!

Entirely and completely T

Am sure that as Purim comes closer there'll be a thread in Sprituality on it, but while the fun is universal and even the most secular enjoy it, it is an incredibly religious day. Kabbalistic connections abound ...

As a matter of fact, Yom Kippur is also known as Yom Kippurim. Which many read as Yom K'Purim ... translated directly as A Day Like Purim ...



A likhtege (light-filled) Chanuka to everybody in the whole world ...

post #88 of 90
Quote:
Originally posted by DaryLLL

Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the Menorah,
Let's have a party, we'll all dance the hora.
Gather round the table, we'll give you a treat.
Sevivon to play with, Latkes to eat.
And while we are playing,
The candles are burning low.
One for each night, they shed a sweet light,
To remind us of days long ago;
One for each night, they shed a sweet light,
To remind us of days long ago...

We actually sang this in English and in Hebrew when I was a kid. Wow, seems like a long time ago! And just yesterday, I heard it in Hebrew for the first time in, oh, 15+ years. :LOL I'm feeling so old right now!

About Purim: When I was a kid, I was told that Jewish children used to get all their presents on Purim, but that Christian kids would get jealous because Purim happens in the spring so they moved the gift-giving season to Channukah so that all the kids got their presents around the same time of year. We still got money on Purim, though :LOL.
post #89 of 90
I know...people keep asking my 17 mo dd if she's excited about Santa. I just say "She doesn't know who Santa is!"

When a (Jewish) friend of mine's mother got tired of the whole issue, she invented "Hannukah Man" who brought my friend presents. He looked a lot like Santa, but brought presents to little Jewish children. :LOL
post #90 of 90
I've been reading this thread--interesting! I'm a neo-pagan UU too (hi DaryLLL!), and I am very much not impressed with the cultural hegemony of Christmas. Frankly, I do think it's rude to wish someone a happy Christmas when you don't know their religion! (Tangentially, my friend was wished "happy easter" by a grocery clerk who had just checked out a cart full of matzo and gefilte fish, when she was shopping for her upcoming seder a couple of years back--ARGH!) If 89% of americans celebrate Xmas (where did this stat come from?), then if you wish 10 people a merry christmas, you'll be wrong at least once. Happy holidays is so much nicer, IMO.

Anyway, I ran across this article on salon.com, thought you guys might appreciate it.

Merry whatever to all, and blessings as the light returns...

Cate

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Cate - had to edit due to copyright concerns but here is a link to the article which I really enjoyed!

~ pamelamama
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