Last night I lit one candle on my hanukkiah in honor of, as my good friend puts it, the time that we Jews celebrate having risen up and killed people who tried to make us celebrate their holidays. You know, like Christmas."
Then this morning I did a little Judaism 101 (as a convert I get asked for this seminar a lot) for the guy who delivers our mail, who wanted to know what exactly a dreidl was for: was it a ritual object? a game of some kind? So I explained the gambling game that uses the dreidl, and he laughed. (The office has a hannukiah and a dreidl out in the reception area, along with the Christmas decorations.)