Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah go together this year kind of 

This year, the ancient Jewish calendar and the modern secular calendar fall into rare alignment: the first night of Hanukah falls on Christmas Eve. It’s a good time to note similarities between the messages of the Christian and Jewish holidays that begin on the same evening. Both festivals celebrate light—and recognize the miraculous nature of illumination in the darkest, shortest days of winter. And both emphasize themes of redemption: 

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