What is Christmas?
( December 25, 2017 )

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Have Yourself an Unorthodox Little Christmas

This week on Unorthodox, how Chinese food and movies became a Jewish Yuletide classic, the Jews behind your favorite Christmas songs, and why Soviet Jews have 'Christmas' trees

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To Tree or Not To Tree: A December Dilemma

I get it, we're Jewish; but would having a festooned fir really kill us?

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Santa Pause

What are Jewish parents to do when every show on television drips with Christmas cheer? Here are four strategies for managing your children’s expectations in this most un-Jewish time of year.

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Why Soviet Jews Have ‘Christmas’ Trees

The secret story of a secular celebration

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A Jewish Christmas Soundtrack

The top 10 Christmas songs written by Jews, from ‘Silver Bells’ to ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow’

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How Christmas Helped Me Discover—and Eventually Reclaim—My Jewish Roots

When I was a child, my family’s history was hidden from me. Now I’ve made sure that my own child will always know where she came from.

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’Twas the Night Before Holiday

Don’t pretend Christmas isn’t Christmas. It’s an opportunity to shore up who we are as Jews.

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For the Love of Suzie Louise: A Christmas Story

In middle-century Skokie, a young Jewish boy searches for a stolen Jesus to comfort his bereft Christian girlfriend

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Matzoball Memories

My uncle, godfather of the Jewish singles business, created a Christmas Eve tradition

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Giving Up Christmas as a Convert to Judaism

I don’t feel nostalgic about Christmas—I’ve discovered the magic of Hanukkah

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Standing Tall

It’s the time of year when intermarried Jews are lectured against Christmas trees. Given marriage trends, the lecturers should learn to pipe down.

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The Christmas Cookie That Changed Jewish Lives

Lebkuchen have long been a Christmas treat in Germany. But for two Jewish families fleeing the Nazis, these cookies offered hope for the future in a new country.

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Our Jewish Christmas Traditions

My family never observed Christmas, but we did mark the holiday every year, with our own recipes

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A Dessert for the Hanukkah-Christmas Eclipse

Meet the koeksister, a South African cookie