I’ve never decorated a Christmas tree. I’ve never had a Christmas tree. Not even a Hanukah bush. What is that, anyway? There are no bushes in the Hanuka story or the tradition. Lights proclaiming the miracle that God performed involve candles or oil lanterns, but not a bush. That would be a firehazard anyway.

Haveing always lived in Jewish communities, I didn’t get to see much in the way of traditional Christmas trees. Even the shops we usually went to lacked them. There were some in Namibia, but those barely resembled those in Europe or the States.

When I got home from school today I saw one of the American girls decorating a small Christmas tree in her room. I think it’s time to get out the chanukiyot and make sure that they are clean and shiny. 9 days left till Hanukah.


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