With my daughter’s 6th birthday party, Hanukkah, and Christmas all falling in a brief seven-day window, the holidays felt extra-stressful this year for my little interfaith family.
Of course,…some of the stress is self-imposed. Like most moms, I tend to put way more pressure than necessary on myself in an effort to make the holidays memorable, when in reality, my kids are thrilled to be home in their jammies with their mommy and daddy for a few days with nothing to do but… >> Read More
Salad fix-ins? Check.
Menorah, candles, and dreidels? Check, check, check.
My husband, kids, and I were headed to family dinner at our dear friends’ house. Though she and…her husband aren’t Jewish, my friend is a history teacher who loves learning about and sharing multicultural traditions. Since she’d never lit a menorah before, she asked me to bring ours—and I was more than happy to oblige. For good measure, I also brought some dreidels and—because our kids ate all our gelt the first… >> Read More
If you're reading this, you've probably heard of the term Chrismukkah. You may not actually know what it totally refers to, however. On its most basic level, the term merges the holidays of…Christmas and Hanukkah (obviously). But, where did it come from--and how has it been used in pop culture? Well, if you don't know, watch our video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO63-EvZ9M4&feature=youtu.be Read More: This is What It’s Like to Live with Severe Depression as a Mom I’m Trying to Love My Pregnant Body, But These Comments Don’t Help… >> Read More
Another day in December, another Hanukkah-Christmas parody video making the rounds on the internet. Today it's "The Jews and Don'ts of Christmas," a faux infomercial on how Jews can enjoy/get through…a Christmas party in one piece. And frankly, beyond a few clever moments and excellent production value, this video has me scratching my head more than laughing. "Christmas parties can be scary for Jewish boys and girls," the video begins, "but Christmas parties are just like Hanukkah parties... with quieter people." Let me stop you right… >> Read More
In case you haven’t yet noticed, Hanukkah, Christmas, and winter break all fall at the exact same time this year. Which means that things are about to get rather busy. Over the next two weeks,…parents across the New York area will be celebrating Hanukkah, looking for something to do with the family on Christmas Day when everything is closed, and searching for ways to keep the kids busy during winter break. The great news is that there are fabulous events going on all over New York City, Long Island,… >> Read More