Stressed out by the December Dilemma? InterfaithFamily.com is here to help!
Christmas. Hanukkah. Which takes precedence? Can you do both? Can you not do both? The December dilemma is one of the biggest issues many intermarried families face. But what does it really mean? And how can you navigate it?
It's hard to ignore the December holidays. In addition to the constant deluge of Christmas-themed songs on the radio, in stores, and being hummed by that stranger on the bus, and the television specials and commercials, and the stores decked out in red and greens and lights, there's also the emotional weight of the season. Many of us have strong memories associated with one or more of the December holidays. Add to that the sentimental attachment of, say, a tree, and the ensuing debate about its place in your home's living room (is it merely a holiday icon or is there a definite religious connotation?) and the emotions can run high.
Before you get too stressed, we're here to help!
At InterfaithFamily.com, we have a variety of resources for navigating the December holidays. For starters, we have a thorough Guide to Hannukah for Interfaith Families, which explains what Hannukah is - from its history to how it's observed, and some alternative practices too. If you're looking for ways to celebrate the holidays together, you might find Christmas, Hanukkah and the Interfaith Family handy. And if you're already familiar with the basics and looking for a bit more, you could check out Handling the December Holidays: Ten Tips from InterfaithFamily.com which is especially handy for families with children. And if you want to find out how other families get through Christmas and Hanukkah, you could look through our Hannukah and Christmas archives for stories and articles written by others in interfaith relationships and families.
Our Hannukah and Christmas page is constantly getting updated this time of year. Keep an eye on it for recipes, stories, and other resources.
InterfaithFamily.com is here to help, with resources, insight, and personal stories for other holidays, life cycle events, parenting, and more. We've also got a network of friendly individuals looking to share resources and stories, seek advice and answers, and support one another through the unique challenges being part of an interfaith family presents.