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Project - There are 2 C's in December - MM December 2004 Issue
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Project - There are 2 C's in December - MM December 2004 Issue
by Debsunshine
posted 04/09/04 at 01:37 PM
Galleries: Scrapbooking

This layout combined themes from both Chanukah and Christmas. Holiday cards in each pocket contain information about each holiday and the meanings behind traditions. The journaling flips up with hinges so that the original card can still be read. Other journaling reads: <p>
Ever since I was a little girl, I felt drawn by the picturesque scenes on television and the general atmosphere of the holiday that I encountered during the holiday season. While many of my Christian friends were a little envious of the eight days of gifts they thought I received, I longed for a Christmas tree to decorate and to share in a dinner with Christmas carols.
So when I began to date Paul, it was such a wonderful surprise when he brought home a tree on Christmas Eve the first December we were together. It seemed only natural to me that when we got married and had children, I would continue to celebrate the Christmas traditions along with lighting a menorah and observing Chanukah with my family. It was a simple recognizing of shared cultures and participating in the little things that bring joy to our lives.
I soon learned that not everyone shares our sentiment. Many people that found out I was in an interfaith marriage would provide me with their advice about picking one religion over the other. I would hear about how my children would be confused and lack an identity. I also heard about the contradiction between the two holidays - how Christmas celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ and Chanukah was a remembrance of the Maccabees fighting the Hellenistic Movement and taking a stance against assimilation. I was told it was contradictory to light a menorah with a Christmas tree nearby.
I’m not very religious and I’m the first to admit that. But I am spiritual and part of my belief system includes recognizing traditions as celebrations of who we are. I often compare it to a feast where people of different ethnic groups come together to share in a meal. Someone may bring perogies and another person may pass around corned beef and cabbage. Yet another guest could bake a kugel, while a dish of paella makes its rounds. Everyone may also enjoy some schwarma as well as some fried okra. The end result is a group of people sharing different foods and getting to taste a little bit of everything. Truth be told, that is all food I like.
So why can’t it be that simple? So far, it has worked for us. We eat latkes with sour cream and apple sauce at my parents’ house while sitting in the flickering candlelight from the menorah. Usually within a few days we are getting together again to open presents while listening to Christmas music. It all works out for us. So far, it has worked for Andrew too. While he doesn’t get eight days of presents for Chanukah, he does celebrate two different holidays that bring him gifts that are so much more than the presents he receives. ~January 18, 2004~
<P> thanks for looking :-) debra

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