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How to Be Chanukah Holy

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/chanukah/article/how_to_be_chanukah_holy_20101123

As a Jewish kid growing up in Omaha, Neb., I was engulfed by Christmas. We were the only house on the block without decorations, my public school had a Christmas tree in the lobby, and the airwaves and shopping malls were filled with Christmas music. I have to admit — those Christmas songs were pretty catchy; some of them were downright beautiful. I mean, really. Compare “Little Drummer Boy” with “I Had a Little Dreidle”? No contest. I know a lot of Jewish educators and rabbis of a certain age who are closet carolers.

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