Brauns Law - December 2019


A Unique Holiday Experience What’s It Like to Celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah?

What does your to-do list look like right now? Pretty crazy, right? With the holidays and the new year upon us, there’s always so much to do and so little time. Just imagine how packed things would be if you had to fit two different religions into the holiday season! That’s what my holidays looked like when I was growing up. My father’s family is Catholic and my mother’s family is Jewish, so even though I was raised Episcopal, we still celebrated many Jewish holidays when I was a kid. This meant that I got to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah and all the great traditions that come with them. The month of December was always a lot of fun. My brother and I got presents from Santa, and we’d go over to our cousins’ house to light the menorah for Hanukkah. One of my favorite holiday memories from my childhood was when my dad got me a three-wheeler for Christmas … without telling my mom. Dad wrapped the helmet and put it under the tree. After I opened it up, I remember looking over at my mom, who was more surprised than I was. Then she looked at my dad and her eyes flashed with anger. But she still let me ride it! I’d take it out into the forest and ride all day, just being a boy. To this day, the holidays remind me of that first taste of freedom Dad gave me that year — not that I would ever give my own daughter a three-wheeler!

“As an adult, I realized what a

When I was a kid, I just loved all the opportunities to get presents and hang out with my family during the holidays. As an adult, I realized what a unique experience I had in celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah. I learned a lot about diversity and different religions. It was pretty clear to me that, regardless of what holiday someone celebrates, we’re all still people. Today my wife and I only celebrate Christmas. Meanwhile, my brother married a Jewish woman and they celebrate Hanukkah. We went in different directions, but there’s no question that we’re still family. Christmas and Hanukkah are two very different holidays, but at their core, they’re about spending time with the people you love. That’s a value we all share, no matter where we’re from or what we celebrate this time of year. At the office, we great really busy right before the holidays. Everyone really wants to settle their cases and we try unique experience I had in celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah.”

to get them taken care of so our clients can enjoy the holidays without the case still hanging over their heads. Between Christmas and New Year’s, we get a little breather, and I take full advantage of that time to spend with my family. Most of the year, I’m working six days a week, and on the seventh, I’m still thinking about ongoing cases. During our brief slowdown, I try to be more present in the time I have with my family. I’m so grateful to have them and to be able to celebrate Christmas with the people I love most in the world. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, or any other celebration, I wish you very happy holidays. May you have plenty of time to spend with your loved ones in the coming year. -David Brauns


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