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This is an American autobiographical story by Liz Rosenberg about a Christian and a Jewish family. And how unlike they are when it comes to holidays and the celebrations of the year. This story about Christmas and Hanukkah, which both are celebrated in the same month, but different ways. I believe the story takes place somewhere in America, since the author is from America, maybe in a small town or suburb. It is in December and we here the celebrations of the different religions. The narrator is probably about 12-13 years old and is Jewish. She has a friend called Marie Piscatelli, who is Christian, and therefore celebrates Christmas. The narrator is very fond of Christmas and does not understand why her family won’t celebrate it. Every time she is at her friend’s house she gets all dazzled with the beauty of Christmas, and she likes it there. And Marie’s family like it when she comes to visit them, because she has good manners, and eats a lot, unlike Marie and her father, who only eats cottage cheese and canned pears. Her parents don’t really like her hanging out with Marie, because of their different religions, and once when her mother went to pick her up they got in a heated discussion about religion. They went on about how they don’t believe in Jesus Christ and the narrator says that her mother doesn’t believe in Jesus, and neither does Mr. Piscatelli. She doesn’t understand why they can’t celebrate Jesus’ birthday when they celebrate everyone else’s birthday. Her mother says that she will understand when she gets older. The narrator thinks that Christmas is for children, which is fully understandable when the only thing she sees is gifts and more gifts, food, and lots of sweets, which really is what Christmas is all about now a days. It’s no wonder that children don’t know the true meaning of Christmas. She also says, that Santa Claus must be Jesus’ rich cousin, since she has never heard of him. She thinks he is a real person. Her parents...
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