Hanukkah Helper: 6 Gentile Reminders

Tuckered out by years of wise men and mangers, one Jewish woman from Texas has a few insights.

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Tuckered out by years of wise men and mangers, one Jewish woman from Texas has a few insights.

1. Hanukkah, Chanukah: It doesn’t matter how you spell it, as long as you can pronounce it. That guttural “ch” should come from the back of your throat.

2. It’s not a Jewish Christmas. The two holidays may be close on the calendar, but Hanukkah is a minor holiday. It doesn’t come close to the significance of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, or Passover. These Hanukkah gifts are perfect for any of your loved ones.

3. What’s the story? “They tried to kill us; we beat them; let’s eat.” This is why we light menorahs for Hanukkah.

4. Instead of wishing me “happy holidays,”try saying “Chag sameach” (khag sa-may-ach). That will blow me away.

5. Do you really have eight nights of presents? Ask my kids and they’ll snort and say, “Yeah, if you count school supplies and socks!”

6. No one would dream of asking an employee to work late on Christmas Eve, but I’m lucky if I get home in time to light candles even four of eight nights. These Hanukkah facts will light up your world. 

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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