When it comes to Christmas and Hanukkah, there’s a lot that can be said about the cultural conflation that often takes place in an effort to enjoy a holiday two-for-one. There’s a lot that can be said about the dignity of difference, and the differing, often conflicting narratives that make Christmas and Hanukkah the unique holidays that they are. There are entire doctoral theses to be written on the all the ways – some kitchy, some sincere – that people have celebrated both holidays at once.
Yes, there are deep, soul searching questions that can be asked during this Winter(ish) time of reflection. And when I look at the “Menorah Tree” all I can say is: “What the fuck is this?”
Do people really want a six-foot flaming topiary taking up valuable floorspace? This is like spinning the dreidel and winning lumps of coal, or eating latkes made of fried fruitcake. Not to mention that Christmas and Hanukkah are nowhere near each other on the calendar, this year.
I get that little kids are confused by conflicting holidays, and this might be a nice way to bring a little harmony in the home, but…really?How about treating different holidays as, well, different holidays? Kids enjoy double the presents from the grandparents without any ethno-religious confusion, and you enjoy not having to explain why you’ve got this in your living room. Everyone wins!
But, that’s just me: the Grinch who stole Chrismukkah.
[h/t Matt V., images via menorahtree.com]