Posted on: November 29, 2010
There are 2 nights until we light our first Hanukkah candles. I’m testing-driving my Hanukkah party music, 1/3 Hanukkah songs by the LeeVees, Barenaked Ladies, and some amazing Hanukkah swing music if you can believe it. 1/3 Christmas Carols that don’t mention Christ, Jesus, Babies, Angels, or Miracles. 1/3 really great jams by Lauren Hill, Jill Scott, Siji, and more. I’m still toying with the idea of Hanukkah decorations and I need to find a dreidel or two but in all of my Hanukkah party craze I realized that I forgot to write a list of presents I want for Hanukkah.
I don’t really need anything and Mirs has really great gift-giving sense but it got me thinking, do little Jewish children give their parents Hanukkah lists? As a child growing up Christian you write a letter to Santa and that’s how he knows what to get you for Christmas. Of course parents intercept this letter from the child with the promise of putting it in the mailbox to the North Pole, a tradition I’m having mixed feelings about. The child also gives their parents a list of things they’d like for them to bring. On Christmas day, at least in our home, the presents from Santa were not wrapped because he didn’t wrap presents (duh) and the presents from our parents were wrapped.
There isn’t a magical elf associated with Hanukkah so do Jewish children just tell their parents what their Hanukkah wishes are or do they make a list addressed, “Dear Mom and Dad”