Art & Soul...& Science
December 17, 2012 5:54 AM
Families combine Christmas and Hanukkah
Posted by Staff
CNN reports:

Rebecca and Roni Kopelman have been celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah since they got together in 2006, building the foundations of an interfaith household.

Some of the Ohio couple's holiday traditions are blended, like their Christmas tree decked out in menorah ornaments and blue and white lights; others adhere more closely to the standard formula. During Hanukkah, her husband prepares a latke feast, they light the menorah each night and exchange small gifts. For Christmas, they hang stockings, bake cookies, go to church on Christmas Eve and open presents the next morning.

"To some people, this might seem challenging and strange, but to us, it's a wonderful way of celebrating and respecting each other's history and tradition without taking anything away from our own," Kopelman said in a CNN iReport.

"I love sharing my husband's memories and passed-down family traditions at Hanukkah, and he happily decorates -- and eats! -- Christmas cookies and shares memories with me as we hang ornaments on the tree."
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