|What Does Santa Say When He Goes Down The Chimney?|
This is from my lovable husband who puts up with me through thick and thin and an occasional Christmas carol blasting on the airwaves.
Raising Jewish children in a mixed marriage
When Mary and I got married we talked about having a Jewish home even though she was Methodist. So our house was only decorated with snowmen, winter themes and Hanukkah items during December. No tree or stockings. But the problem always arose when we would go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas as of course they celebrated Christmas along with Mary’s sisters and their families. We would even join the family for Christmas Eve services.
As a parent I was worried that we are confusing our kids as to why we didn’t celebrate like the rest of the family. But one year when we asked them if they were disappointed that Santa never came to our house their reply shows me how wonderful a child’s mind works as to how to accept and relate things.
“No Dad, of course Santa doesn’t come to our house. We don’t have a fireplace or chimney. Santa can only go to houses with chimneys like Grandma, Aunt Susan and Aunt Kathy’s”.
Another major child rearing crisis averted. Now how to teach good Jewish kids Christmas carols.
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