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With Christmas Eve falling on the first day of Hanukkah, families negotiate cultural divides

With Christmas Eve falling on the first day of Hanukkah, families negotiate cultural divides

As a girl growing up in Pikesville, Risa Huber loved Hanukkah for the same reasons many Jewish children do: It meant eight days of presents and candle-lighting and the coming of winter break.

She knew far less about Christmas. But her parents made sure to expose her to the secular fun of the Christian holiday.

"We'd drive to non-Jewish neighborhoods and ooh and ahh at the light displays," the Reisterstown physician recalls. "It seemed so different, but it was always so beautiful."

This weekend, she won't have to choose between the two traditions.

Hanukkah begins this year on Christmas Eve, for only the third time since 1872, and the first...

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