Traditions & Celebrations

I Choose You

This will be my first Mother’s Day as a single parent. It is bittersweet. I would joke and say that the only thing that will be different this year is that I won’t have a husband to half-ass a last-minute grocery store gift on behalf of my young children. Which, …

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March Madness… the season to get snipped? Or… “How I survived my vasectomy and watched way too much basketball.”

It is the first weekend of Spring, a time when a young man’s fancy turns to matters of love. Or so the case may be in other parts of the world. In the good old USA the first weekend of Spring heralds a different obsession, March Madness, the NCAA Men’s …

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Tidbit Tuesdays: the 2014 Olympics

The Olympics start this Friday in Sochi, and I’m going to guess that many of us will watch at least some of the coverage with our families and it will be all over the news. So today I’d like to look at some resources that might be helpful or interesting …

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Learning to Give

This past year was an exciting year for us because my three, almost four year old daughter finally gets excited about the Holidays. The decorations, the food, the time with family, and the gifts.  Oh the gifts.   As we were watching a very Christmas episode of Handy Manny, my daughter …

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Hanukkah is Not Your Christmas Side Dish!

I have a question for all of you folks who celebrate Christmas, in part, by celebrating the holidays and traditions of others. Are you still interested in Judaism or anything remotely related to Jewish culture once Christmas is over? Does your cultural curiosity extend beyond Judaism? Do you know anything …

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Congrats on your Light-Skinned Kids?

As a first-generation Indian-American daughter of immigrants, I’ve grown up surrounded by a fixation with skin color.  Most Indian women would never dream of the privilege (tic) of marrying a man lighter than herself.  So when I first married my predominantly European-American husband, one of my relatives lovingly said (translated …

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The Hanukah Circle

I named my daughter for a woman I never met. I only have a small picture of great grandmother Szerena. I’ve been told this is appropriate as my mom’s paternal grandmother was only about five feet tall in the high heels she wore even in her seventies. Szerena Adler came …

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Hi, My Name is Anne, and I’m a Chanu-crite

As everyone seems to think Chanukah is Jewish Christmas, I figured I’d contribute to the confusion by writing about Chanukah a month late. I also thought it would be really nice of me to provide “but you’re such a hypocrite” fodder for those of you reading who will want to …

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A worried looking wolf dressed as Santa in front of a Christmas tree.
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A Wolf In Santa’s Clothing

Some people seem to be able to just create family traditions with a snap of the fingers. Unique weddings with special vows and that kind of thing. For me, traditions are arbitrary accidents of your birth… so it seems I shouldn’t value one over the other. But I do. Whenever …

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R.I.P Santa

My husband is second-generation Dutch-American, so he grew up celebrating Sinterklaas Day (St. Nicholas Day) along with Christmas every year. He takes his traditions very seriously, so we continue to celebrate the holiday, albeit with an American flair. I doubt our celebration very closely reflects the way it’s done in …

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