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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My son is Jewish and I found out from his teacher

First let me be clear....I know that Chanukah is over.  However, I am not clear if it is spelled Hanukkah or Chanukah.

Second, as you are aware, my kids attend public school.  That means when the holidays roll around my kids learn about each and every one of them.  Personally, I think this is wonderful.  I realize some people do not agree with me on this and to them I say bah humbug. 

Lessons always include the big three--Christmas, (C)Hanukah, and Kwanza and may or may not include Festiva, Winter Solstice, Frosty the Snowman's birthday, First Snowfall Friday and Return Unwanted Presents Day.

After receiving a wonderful lesson on the Jewish celebration of (C)Hanukkah, my son's teacher asked "Does anyone have a menorah at home?"

Little G's hand shot right up.  "Yes"  he told her. "I have a menorah at home."

He proceeded to provide his teacher and classmates many details about this menorah and was so convincing that his teacher came down to the cafeteria later that day to ask me if we were Jewish.

The entire story made me smile and I didn't really think much about it.  Until later that week when the boy and I were at the Target getting some last minute presents and he proceeded to have a nervous breakdown in the middle of the isle because I wouldn't buy him his own menorah.

"I need this!" he said.

"It's so pretty," he said.

"I don't know why you won't get this for me."

It was so sad that I actually considered putting a menorah in his stocking but then I realized how bizarre that was.  Of course, the looks I was getting during the meltdown were priceless.  After all, I'm sure they weren't thinking there's a boy who just learned all about (C)Hanukkah.  Most likely they were thinking how sad it was that I wouldn't buy my Jewish son his own menorah.

4 random thoughts:

septembermom said...

I agree that it's great to show the kids all the holidays in school. Love this story about your son wanting a menorah of his own. Very cute.

Kristie Maynard said...

Unfortunatly, very little was taught to my kids in their school. We couldn't have Christmas, or any other religeous holiday talked about, sung about or anything of the sort. I love my kids to learn about other religeous holidays and customs. Our schools have gotten too restrictive in so many ways, it's sad.
I have a great picture from a couple years ago at my family Christmas celebration. It was held at my nieces home. Her husband is Jewish, but not observant. They celebrate Christmas with a tree and gifts, but really only in a secular way. The picture I have is of my two older brothers looking out the front window at the snow storm we were having. Next to them was the decorated Christmas tree and between their heads in the window is a Menorrah. Love that picture!

Jenners said...

Oh just buy it for him!! And what did he think was a menorah in the first place????

This story just cracked me up!

Little Gumnut said...

Oh my goodness! How funny! I would have liked to see the menorah in the stocking!!

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