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Holiday Inequity

Each year, starting in the middle of November, malls and stores explode with Christmas decorations, lights, trees, and more. Each display holds a sleigh, candy canes, santa hats, hanging ornaments and wreaths. Then, every so often, off in the far corner of the store is the miniscule Hanukkah section that almost everyone skips over. This corner contains candles, dreidels, chocolate coins, and the occasional white and blue Hanukkah sweater with a menorah on it.

Christmas decorations constantly over power Hanukkah ones, which is wrong. The amount of Hanukkah decorations should be increased to match the ones of Christmas, in order to represent their importance and worth.

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that celebrates and honors the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days, which provided the Jews with warmth and light during the Maccabean revolt. Therefore, it is quite an important holiday in Jewish culture.

While Christmas is spent celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, decorating trees, singing carols, and opening presents, Hanukkah is celebrated by the lighting of candles, spinning dreidels, and eating foods such as potato latkes.

Christmas decorations are magnificent in that they bring a sense of joy and happiness to the holiday season. However, they often cause Hanukkah decorations to be pushed to the side and overlooked. Not many people have ever walked through a store or public facility and exclaimed, “Wow, look at that incredible Hanukkah display.”

The amount of Christmas displays and decorations during the holiday season should not be decreased, but instead, should be accompanied by more Hanukkah ones. Hanukkah displays and decorations should be enlarged and made more common because they represent an important holiday that honors a miracle in Jewish culture and all of the people that celebrate it.

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