It warms the heart of my cockles that since Thanksgiving many public spaces have included a hannukiah or nine branched menorah as part of their Christmas decorations.
It needs to be stated that although this act of inclusion is thoughtful, menorahs are not Christmas or seasonal decorations.
If one wants to acknowledge Hanukkah, the menorah is displayed from sundown on Tuesday December 16 until sundown on December 24, with the center light and the light on the extreme right lit on the fist night and one light added consecutively to the left each night.
Lest you think that is being too Jewish, non-Jews are under no obligation to recite the requisite prayers and electric menorahs are not ‘kosher’ as they don’t meet the requirement of being candles or oil.
It’s ok to put Christ back in Christmas, but let’s leave Judah Ha Maccabee out.
Chag sameach, a freylich channikeh, and to all a good night.