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BLENDED FAITH

Among the ever-increasing number of inter-faith families (and inter- faithless families) the blending of Christmas and Hanukah traditions is especially evident. An entire industry has arisen to cater to the "needs" of families striving to raise children in both religions. Greeting cards, children’s books and even Christmas tree ornaments have been designed in order to simultaneously celebrate Hanukah and Christmas. Books such as Raising Your Jewish/Christian Child offer advise on how to observe both festivals. Consequently in many American homes, one may find a menorah in one corner, and a Christmas tree in the other. Even among some families which have not been affected by inter-marriage, it has been difficult to resist the blandishments of the surrounding culture and in not a few homes one...

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