How I learned to give up Christmas - Feature

How I learned to give up Christmas

RANDI SKAGGS | Kveller via JTA | Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 10:00 am

When people find out I’m a Jew by Choice (otherwise known as a convert), one of the first questions I get is, “Was it hard to give up Christmas?”

The short answer is yes. Christmas seeps into your soul and is a primary part of every Christian person’s happiest childhood memory log. Could I give up a tree in the corner of the house? Red, green and gold presents heaped on a velvet skirt under the limbs? The adorable ornaments? Stockings hung on the chimney mantle (or, in my childhood chimneyless home, on the wood paneling)? The carols! The mistletoe! The gingerbread houses! How could I give all that up?

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