Bad News Santa


How do Jewish parents tell their kids that Santa won’t be visiting them? Not this year. Not ever.

It’s a harsh message, made more difficult by the constant barrage of Christmas cheer they see on TV, on the streets, at the mall, at their friends’ homes…everywhere.

Marjorie Ingall outlines four main approaches, from telling the kinderlach that Chanukah is better (good luck with that) to caving and putting up the tree.

Whether we marry Jews or non-Jews, many of us really don’t think through exactly how we’re going to do Judaism and secularism in the great big world. But when you have a kid, you have to make the call. Not deciding isn’t a decision.

December dilemma, indeed.  

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