Chrismukkah Fact or Fad??
If you haven’t heard by now the last episode of the trendy TV show, The OC was aired. Along with it, goes its Chrismukkah (Christmas-Hanukkah) celebration. For those of you who don’t know, Chrismukkah was the faux holiday created on the OC by Seth Cohen for his Protestant-Jewish family. Will Chrismukkah fade along with its creator?
What do you think about Chrismukkah? Here are your responses to our question posted in our July MixedBlessing Newsletter?
Hello my name is Maia Shulman and I am from New York. I recently got married to my college sweetheart in October 2006 and we had an interfaith ceremony consisting of Catholic and Jewish traditions (Simon is Jewish and I am Catholic). For the holiday season we found this website, www.mixedblessing.com and send out the BEST Chrismukkah cards! We believe the holiday is real and will continue to celebrate it each year and eventually share it with our children. Thank you for having such a wonderful website that celebrates all races and religions.
We honor and celebrate both Christmas and Hanukah as well as Passover and Easter. The Advent Wreath and Menorah are both lit by all. Our celebration did not need a TV show; all it needed was love and respect. My children are not confused. While they were educated in and are comfortable in both traditions, they each decided on their own path. My daughter became a Bat Mitzvah and my son was confirmed a Roman Catholic. We have a most rich family tradition tht we readily share with friends and relative. We are truly blessed.
Thank you for sharing your personal thoughts about the holidays with us. We appreciate and respect each and everyone’s opinion.
The holiday of Hanukkah is celebrated by Jews in commemoration of the re-dedication of the sacred temple of Jerusalem to the Jewish god on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. This is the festival of lights and lasts for eight days. From the first night onwards, candles will be lighted on the Menorah. The Jewish calendar follows the cycles of the moon and hence the date of the Hanukkah holiday changes each year. It usually comes in late November or December. As Christmas, which is celebrated in commemoration with the birth of Jesus Christ, occurs on December 25th every year, both holidays celebrations coincide.
With nearly half of American Jews marrying outside the faith, the December holiday season can be a problematic time and has been titled the December Dilemma. The choice to send a Christmas card or a Hanukkah card to an interfaith couple can be a recipe for offense. Sending a generic season’s greeting card is safe but generic. The idea of greeting cards combining the symbols of both holidays was born from this situation over 18 years ago by a company named MixedBlessing. More recently, the combination of holidays has taken on a new meaning.
Chrismukkah, the blended holiday of Christmas and Hanukkah, was introduced. It got widely publicized after its inclusion on the popular TV show, The O.C .in 2003.It evoked criticism and opposition from religious leaders at that time. Religious groups were against the merging of both the holidays since they considered it to be destroying the identity and sanctity of both the faiths.
Apart from the controversy rippled from the idea of the combined holidays, Chrismukkah rapidly gained popularity among the public. They tactfully left out the “t” from Chrismukkah to avoid the word “Christ” for fear of religious offense. Intermarried couples and their families found this idea enjoyable. Chrismukkah marketers reaped sales during the season with their clever Chrismukkah cards, interfaith products, Hanukkah gifts, and Christmas gift ideas. Interfaith gift products were designed to display the secular symbols of both Christmas and Hanukkah. For example, there are interfaith holiday stockings made from material with patterns of Hanukkah Dreidels and Christmas Santas.
The Chrismukkah holiday card business continued to prosper and receive praise and appreciation from both groups. The idea of combining both holidays in a card was very refreshing to people whose holiday season it reflected. People resonded to the message of peace, love and tolerance among different faiths. The blending of both holidays brings a sense of unity to all. In spite of the cultural and religious barriers, the celebration of Chrismukkah creates an awareness and respect for both faiths and beliefs.