Jill in Santa Rosa & Emotionally lost in Maryland
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December 18, 2015
These Confessions come from “Jill in Santa Rosa” Every year around the holidays, well-intentioned strangers wish me and my family “Merry Christmas!” Even though we are Jewish, I have always regarded it to be a kind gesture to spread good cheer. I smile and return the greeting. My children have asked me why I don’t tell people we’re Jewish and that we don’t celebrate Christmas. I don’t feel I need to educate strangers when they’re just trying to be friendly, but my kids don’t agree. We’ve had several discussions about being friendly and polite, but still they ask if being Jewish is something to keep secret or be embarrassed about. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but I do want to give my kids the message that we are proud of who we are. How do you recommend I handle this situation, because it happens a lot? “Emotionally lost in Maryland” I have been with my boyfriend for 16 years. Last year I found out he was married before I met him and still is married to her. He never told me he was married when I…