Decorations during Xmas & Hanukkah
When I was growing up, we had both Christmas and Hanukkah everywhere. Due to the religious demographics of our area, most people said “Merry Christmas” and didn’t offend anyone one way or another. I’m sure many of you feel the same way.
You’ve surely noticed there’s been a huge trend over the past 5-10 years making most advertisements on TV applicable to all groups, hence the heavily PC “Happy Holidays”.
That being said, of course it should be ok to display any kind of celebratory religious message or decorations you want during holiday season. Especially Hanukkah, since there is a strong concentration of Jewish people living in the NYC metro area. The more the merrier! (heh).
However, one Hoboken411 reader noticed something odd last week over at the Chrysler Building in NYC.
“Not a Hoboken item but considering your readership that works in NYC thought this might interest you.
I noticed in the Chrysler building, one of the most iconic buildings of NY, where there is a beautiful Christmas tree that was set up promptly after Thanksgiving for all to enjoy, surprisingly had no signs of Hanukkah. Now I have no problem with there being a 20′ + tree along side of a small menorah but the Chrysler building has chosen not to put out any decorations for Hanukkah.
Made a call to the management company to ask and it was no mistake. They apparently received complaints about having Hanukkah decorations (seems odd) and will only have a menorah up during the eight days of Hanukkah. This just seems like a poor choice to me considering that it is much more customary to put out “holiday decorations” after Thanksgiving and leave them out for the month.
I did notice a Christmas tree AND Menorah at the deli that I got my coffee one morning. How many locations can you think of that have chosen to display Christmas for a full month and Hanukkah for eight days?”