Did you know Hanukkah begins this evening?

I know very little about Jewish holidays and customs, but I always wish I knew more — my father’s side of the family is Jewish and it would make sense to infuse our home life with more knowledge about this part of our heritage. Plus, I wouldn’t say no to a pewter menorah.

I suppose part of my lack of knowledge comes from the fact that though my relatives are Jewish, they aren’t practicing — in fact, my grandmother, Ruth Shainwald, embroidered Christmas stockings for all my children. : ) Do any of you celebrate mixed religious customs at your house? Have you figured out a good balance?

P.S. — To all you celebrating the Festival of Lights, Happy Hanukkah!