A great holiday
I love Christmas --- in a secular way.
At college my fraternity used to serenade the co-eds with those haunting and glorious melodies.
Chanukah, I gather, was a minor Jewish holiday until Jewish parents felt challenged by Christmas.
It is celebrated for eight days and is particularly joyful for young children who brag to their non-Jewish friends that they get eight presents, not just one.
There is gambling --- spinning the dreydel --- and haunting and glorious melodies.
I have always loved the holidays and honored the grand clan of the Maccabees.
I gather now that the Maccabees were regarded --- eek! -- as "zealots."
I would prefer to view them as "freedom fighters" --- and that they were.
Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad.