Celebrating the Jewish festival of Hanukkah as well as the Christian festival of Christmas this year? Are you a mixed faith couple looking for ways to decorative the home this festive season and making everyone happy? If so, this beautiful silver star designed for placement on top of a Christmas tree will be the perfect ornament for this year’s winter holidays. Kids growing up with Jewish and Christian traditions will recognise the star as a symbol in both religious narratives.
Both festivals are connected with light in some form or another. The winter darkness is enlivened with illuminated decorations and rich food is enjoyed. Hanukkah (or Chanukah) is a holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. On each night of Hanukkah, a candle is lit on a nine-branched Menorah. In North America, the festival gained in significance during the 20th Century as a way for Jewish families to hold a Jewish alternative to Christmas which usually takes place around the same time. The star is the symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism.
Christmas, of course, is a lot more familiar to most Americans and Europeans. It is the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity. The most famous star in the Christian narrative is the Star of Bethlehem which revealed the birth of Jesus to the magi (wise men). One of the most familiar Christmas carols, We Three Kings, contains lyrics about the “star of wonder, star of light”. The star can be seen in most nativity designs and art works across the world.
The 21st Century is seeing more and more mixed faith relationships and marriages. Children are being introduced to two faiths and cultures at the same time and so decorations and interior décor arrangements are increasingly being catered for such occurrences. This silver Christmas tree star, which might also be called a Hanukkah tree star, is an ideal decorative ornament for a household with one Jewish parent/spouse and one Christian parent/spouse.
You can buy the tree ornament from here: 2011 Hanukkah Christmas Interfaith Tree Ornament.
Size: 6 inches in diameter.