When Girl from the West was much younger, she questioned the many holiday cards, decorations and symbols around our home.
She asked about the Creche and I explained the Birth of Christ story. She asked about Santa Claus and I told her what I could recall of the history of St. Nicholas and the many variations of the story of gift giving and helping the less fortunate.
She asked about the candles and the decorated tree and we talked a little about Yule and the Winter Solstice.
Then she picked up the Dreidel placed between a wooden reindeer and a merry snowman character. The item was given to her in a Sunday school class at our church. Ours is a non-denominational house of worship and often includes special celebrations of other religious holidays. I thought the Dreidel was an interesting piece and added it to our holiday collection.
“Mom,” she asked, spinning the four sided wooden item in her hands. “If Christians celebrate Christmas, who celebrates Hanukkah?
“Is it the Hanukkanians?”
Such an innocent question. We still laugh about it today.
Apologies to all my Jewish readers and friends; Happy Hanukkah.