Magazine article Tablet Magazine

To Tree or Not to Tree: A December Dilemma

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

To Tree or Not to Tree: A December Dilemma

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Well, it took all year, but I've finally fulfilled my 2014 New Year's resolution: We've practically made it through the holiday season and I haven't picked one fight with my husband about whether we can have a Christmas tree this year. (For the record, in case you couldn't guess: I'm pro-tree, he's anti.) I consider successfully making a conscious effort to avoid weeks of rancor and possible couch-sleeping mature of me. Besides, it wouldn't have worked. It never works. He always wins. If the Maccabees taught us anything, it's that forces of stubborn dissent are always stronger than those of modernizing assimilationism. Such is the true meaning of Hanukkah.

The tree question, and just what about it gets Jews in such a tizzy, has always been a tough one for me. I get why the overt religiosity makes it so you shouldn't have a nativity scene, and, also, because it's creepy to worship a baby. …

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