Guest blogger Mom De Plume: Every time I pick my daughter up from preschool, I can't help noticing that her little classroom has turned into a winter wonderland. And not just any winter wonderland: a Christmas wonderland. On every available space, there are drawings of Christmas trees, Santas and reindeer. A Christmas tree stands in the corner, covered with angel and elf decorations.
As a Jew living in a mostly Christian society, I'm used to the pervasiveness of Christmas and the disparity of how much "face time" Hanukkah gets in schools. But it really hit me the other day when I noticed, at the far, far end of my daughter's classroom, a couple of store-bought menorah pictures taped haphazardly to a door. That's it?! Kind of insulting. Couldn't they at least try to celebrate the holiday?
I've also been told there will be a Christmas program wherein the tiny tots will belt out "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." I get it: Those songs are fun to sing. But what about "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel"? It's a nice ditty, too. And it's about a toy!! And CLAY. Super fun!
To be fair, there is no baby Jesus hanging around the class. But is it too much to ask that my religion not be shoved into a corner?