If you have Jewish kids, "The Season" is the time of year when they feel most left out. Frankly, so do we adults. So anytime there is even a tiny little acknowledgment of a Jewish holiday in the mainstream world, we Jews pounce on it like a starving dog on a bone.
Well, this year Hatchlings threw us more than a bone -- we got a whole week of meals. Eight beautiful Hanukkah eggs. You see, I got to thinking that maybe the reason we had never had a Hanukkah series might be because the Hatchlings design team didn't know what the symbols of Hanukkah are. Hatchlings eggs tend to be in series of eight, and Hanukkah has eight days. So a while back, I suggested these possibilities: Judah Maccabee, menorah, latkes (potato pancakes), sufganiot (Israeli donuts), gelt (coins), presents, bottle of olive oil, Star of David. Well, they took my suggestion -- and now we have those eight things in a Hanukkah egg series (the menorah on this page is number 8.) Which just goes to show, it's better to step forward with a solution rather than sit back and grumble about a problem.
So my New Year's resolution is this: I'm going to look for more ways to facilitate inclusiveness in this increasingly divisive world. Sometimes you get left out, not from prejudice, but from sheer ignorance. Fortunately, ignorance is curable with education. Not to mention activism. (Now let me see... we've never had any Passover Hatchlings eggs, and Passover also has eight days... so what would be eight good symbols to use for a Passover series? For that matter, Kwanzaa also has eight days...)
Wishing everyone a happy, prosperous New Year 2013!