Actors Michael J. Fox and Drew Barrymore had double the dose of holiday spirit this year.
Fox’s wife, Tracy Pollan, is Jewish and the couple has raised its children to observe both holidays – a tradition he has come to love.
He tells People magazine, “One of my nephews said to me when he was very little, ‘I don’t get it, are you Jewish or are you Christians? and I said, ‘I’m both’.”
He continues, “(Jewish holidays) Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah have a much more central place in our observations, but we still celebrate Christmas.”
Pollan adds, “For Hanukkah we do the menorah and light the candles every night. At Christmas, we always have a huge tree, and we do the trimming. We have two huge boxes of decorations that we’ve had since before the kids were born.”
She continues, “That’s the beauty of having a blended family. My kids have grown up with every holiday.”
Drew Barrymore added to media that her kids were taking part in a very modern Hanukkah tradition.
“This year, we’re celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah, because (husband) Will’s Jewish, so our daughters are half Jewish. We’re doing Elf on the Shelf and Mensch on a Bench! I got (daughter) Olive a really cool wooden dollhouse from London. It was damaged but I thought it was cool.”