12/22/2010 6:00:00 AM
Torn Between Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas
Well not really. Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday so there was no question about whether or not we’d celebrate that, but do we celebrate Hanukkah too? My husband grew up celebrating Hanukkah and I grew up celebrating Christmas, so even though neither of us are super religious we of course wanted our child to celebrate the same rituals we did growing up. D turns two in February so I felt like it was a good year to start celebrating and teaching him the meaning of both. I feel like one day when he’s older he’ll be grateful that we did.
So being the thoughtful wife I like to think I am, I went out and bought my husband a menorah (actually a hanukkiyah) this year, completely forgetting that he wasn’t even going to be around for the first four nights. And because he wasn’t able to talk all that frequently while away I completely lit the candles wrong the first night, but by the fourth night D and I were pros. We gave D a little something each night (a toy truck, crayons, toy ball, etc) and on the fourth night when daddy got home we gave him his very first dreidel and treated him with Gelt (the chocolate gold coins) which he absolutely loved. And as far as dreidel playing goes, I’m not sure if D had more fun watching mommy and daddy spin the dreidel (which played the dreidel song as it spun) or chasing after it and stomping on it before it could finish the song. I have to give my husband a little credit, he’s a dreidel spinning pro, but unfortunately mommy needs quite a bit of practice.
So needless to say December has been a busy month for us. Not only did we observe Hanukkah but we’ve been busy meeting Santa, watching all the children’s Christmas movies on TV, having breakfast with Santa, finding and decorating the tree, putting up the house decorations, Christmas shopping and more. D is just about 2 years old so this Christmas is going to be completely different than last year. I can’t wait to see his face on Christmas morning when he walks downstairs and sees the Power Wheels Ride-On under the tree, or the big Winnie the Pooh pillow staring him in the face. It will be such a magical moment for both my husband and I and I will cherish it for years to come!
By the way, what’s the difference between Hanukkah, Hannukah, Hanukah and Chanukah anyways, and which one is right? Does anyone have any suggestions on celebrating both holidays?