The December holiday season, and the ubiquitous public presence of Christmas thatcomes along with it, tends to place American Jews in an awkward position: What doesit mean to be Jewish at Christmas time? How can or should Jews participate inChristmas-oriented festivities? How does Chanukah—a minor holiday on the Jewishcalendar a century ago—relate to the season? And how does this time of year amplifymore general questions of Jewish identity in American society?
look at the relationship of Jews to Christmas and theChristmas season from a number of different perspectives.