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December 02, 2007

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Sabrina

We have blue lights on our house too. They're left over decorations from my wedding. I never heard the Jewish thing.

Your kids are cute.

Jen

I always assume that blue lights mean Jewish, but then I usually see a Christmas tree in the window. I guess they are becoming popular.

Lia

I agree with the blue=Jewish thing.

margalit

Well I'm Jewish and I live in a town that is more than 50% Jewish and I was brought up in a town that was maybe 95% Jewish, and I've never ever known ANY Jewish person to put up holiday lights like that. Ever. I"m sure it's done by secular Jews who don't consider themselve anything other than gastronomical Jews, but I don't know of anyone like that. I can't even imagine anyone Jewish hanging lights in our city. I think the neighbors would be apoplectic.

But we don't even use electric haunukot around here.

Jasmina

I'm Jewish, live in a community that I would guess is 5% Jewish, and I've never known any Jewish family to put up lights at this time of year (never even known anyone to have a "Hanukkah bush"). One of our Christian nannies once bought a string of blue lights, thinking she could put them up in the window for Hanukkah to please the kids, who always envied Christmas lights, but we said no way. So I can see where one might assume that blue lights mean Hanukkah. I do see some "blue light specials" around, but I believe they are all Christian households doing it up in a non-traditional way. I don't presume to speak for all Jews, but I think it's safe to say that most Jews recoil from degrading our religion by doing anything that suggests that Hanukkah (in reality a minor Jewish holiday) is merely a "Jewish Christmas". (Sorry if I got too preachy, there.)

Jasmina

I'm Jewish, live in a community that I would guess is 5% Jewish, and I've never known any Jewish family to put up lights at this time of year (never even known anyone to have a "Hanukkah bush"). One of our Christian nannies once bought a string of blue lights, thinking she could put them up in the window for Hanukkah to please the kids, who always envied Christmas lights, but we said no way. So I can see where one might assume that blue lights mean Hanukkah. I do see some "blue light specials" around, but I believe they are all Christian households doing it up in a non-traditional way. I don't presume to speak for all Jews, but I think it's safe to say that most Jews recoil from degrading our religion by doing anything that suggests that Hanukkah (in reality a minor Jewish holiday) is merely a "Jewish Christmas". (Sorry if I got too preachy, there.)

Seeeeestor

here's my tip on not getting cold: your hands and neck are the thermometers of your body, if they are cold, you will feel cold all over. Put your gloves and scarf on while you are inside to lock in the heat and dont give your hands and neck a chance to touch the cold air. A scarf is a MUST

Henny Penny

Most of my life I wouldn't have thought blue lights - Jewish household. Shoot, I didn't even connect one of the those spinning Stars of David in the yard with a Jewish household. But now my twin is Jewish and I am more aware of religious signification and I have noticed homes with a spinning Stars of David may also have blue lights. But I don't automatically think every house with blue lights is a Jewish household.

kalisah

Guilty. But my husband & his family are Jewish, so I probably tend to think about it more than the average Gentile might.

It's not so much that I assume the home is a Jewish home, as it reminds me that there are other cultures at that time of year. Like, "Oh, blue lights! We have Jewish people in our neighborhood?"

PS - love the photo of Genoa peeking out of her pink hood!

kalisah

Also - in reference to those comments about Jewish families that would NEVER put lights up for the holiday:

In the south, there are a lot of neighborhood associations that REQUIRE holiday lights. Seriously.

Victoria

I have heard of the blue lights = Jewish home before, but also blue lights = law enforcement home. I think they look great.

Ali

Yeah, we waited too long last year to go light shopping and all that was left were the blue icicles. My husband and I joked that our neighbors were going to think we converted to Judaism!

Oh, and sprinkle pepper in your socks to keep your feet warm. My husband used to work at a ski resort and he said this was the only thing that worked for him. It reacts with your pores or something to get blood moving more.

OMSH

Um...no, I have never even considered that blue lights = a Jewish household.

Hmmmm...

NOW, if it were blue lights with a bunch of Stars of David hanging, THEN I might get a clue.

I feel so naive.
Blue lights = Jewish household.

Now I know.

Sadie

Your house looks pretty!
And no, I would not think blue lights = Jewish home, on the grounds that I wouldn't think Jewish people put up holiday lights.
I have always loved blue Christmas lights because to me, they look very peaceful. And here in the Northeast, they are even prettier in the snow. We've always done blue lights on my mom's bushes, just to be different than the neighbors.

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