I was at Costco the other day when my kids found a gingerbread house kit for Jews. Instead of a Christmas theme, it came with Hanukkah gelt, dreidels, and blue and white sparkles to decorate the house. My kids were psyched. I was psyched that it cost $5. We bought two.
I know some people have very strong, negative feelings about things like the “Chanukah House,” but I have to say, for my family, it worked.
One day after school this week my girls came home, kicked off their boots and coats, and got to work constructing their Jewish-themed winter wonderlands. Since I was at work, our Muslim au pair turned on the Spotify Hanukkah channel and they constructed their palaces together.
I do not think anybody was harmed in the process. I do not see either my girls or our 19-year-old au pair assimilating because of it. I understand the fear of assimilation, but sometimes a gingerbread house is just a gingerbread house.