I was discussing this with Jameel last night.
Do you give Presents or Chanukah Gelt?
I'm not actually sure where either tradition began, so if someone can fill me in...
Anyway, growing up we usually got both (plus chocolate coins), but I think the presents had a bigger impact, after all, there was always that element of surprise and trying to figure out where your parents hid the gifts (plus in good years, there were 8 days of presents).
Jameel feels that the whole presents think is too Xmasy, and he only does the Gelt.
My kids are getting presents (toys, books, and puzzles).
And we all eat Latkes!
What do you do?
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