It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Hanukkah

Bed Bath & Beyond acknowledged that its collection of items targeting diverse cultural groups sometimes missed the mark. “In our efforts to offer a wide variety of Hanukkah items, some that shouldn’t have been included,” the company said in an email. “As soon as our team was alerted, the items were removed.”

Michaels, who originally also had the Passover-turned Hanukkah pillow in stock online, said it was open to customer feedback on its Christmas inventory.

“While overall feedback on our expanded, integrative product lines has been positive, we don’t always get it right,” a company spokesman said in an email.

This year, Michaels changed his Christmas item approval protocols to ensure that his employee resource groups, made up of representatives of different cultures, have more influence over products sold online. Lowe’s and TJX, the company that owns the TJ Maxx and Marshall brands, both said their Christmas items were checked internally to confirm that cultural iconography was used appropriately.

But some buyers are fed up with it: “There’s a Santa Claus on Wayfair wearing a tallit,” said Ms. Herman, referring to a Jewish prayer shawl. “Tallits are a big deal, which means you’ve been through a bar mitzvah. Is Saint Nicholas a Jew now, welcome to Jewish adulthood? ”

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American Jews faced the opposite problem more than 150 years ago. Families settling in U.S. cities found that December was full of cheers for Christian families – Christmas carols, decorations, gifts – while Jewish children were left without much recklessness to distract from the winter gloom. A rabbi from Cincinnati stopped by at a Christmas party in the neighborhood and realized that Hanukkah, a holiday with little religious significance, could benefit from festive traditions: songs, Maccabees costumes, gifts (children were given oranges, a rarity in the middle of the Midwestern winter ).

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