Guest Blogger: Cherry and Me – My first ever Chrismukkah Tree

Today I’m handing the blog over to Elle from Cherry and Me, who has written this festive tutorial on a fun twist to her holiday decorating. Today is the first day of Chanukah a Jewish Festival also known as the Festival of Lights. Take it away Elle…

I come from a Jewish family but this year I thought I’d celebrate my first festive season as a new mummy by decorating a tree!

I bought a “Joost” baby Christmas tree from The Design Files Open House. Joost grows all his own plants and creates the most amazing and innovative contemporary installations around Melbourne.

There’s no glitzy tinsel and not one bauble in site on my tree! Nope! I’m decorating my tree with Chanukah ornaments!
These are Chanukah ‘dradles’. They are kind of like spinning tops with Hebrew letters on each side.My sister and I tied strings around each dradle to hang all over the tree. We even made a Star of David for the top! Keeping things a little kosher 😉

Ta-da! The finished product! Isn’t is cute?
I think I’ll plant the tree in a terra-cotta pot after the silly season is over and hopefully we can do it all again next year!

Thanks Elle, and Happy Chanukah to you, and to all my Jewish friends and readers!
x Cinti

Chrismukkah tree - Holiday decorations for multifaith families -


  • Belle Plummer says:

    Please do not call it a “Christmakah” tree or whatever. Chanukah is not a major Jewish holiday. Christmas is a major Christian holiday. I think that we Jews can enjoy our Christian friends’ holiday without aping it. I believe that doing so demeans both. We have pretty traditions that we can share together.

    • Miss Cinti @ My Poppet says:

      Hi Belle, thanks for your comment. I do agree that it’s lovely for people of all faiths to share celebrations together. Although I don’t identify as being neither Jewish or Christian, I live in a community with a large community of both Jews and Christians who all celebrate their faiths in different ways, and we often share in those celebrations because we are part of the community.
      Elle who created this project is from a Russian Jewish background but I believe she celebrates both holidays, so this is her interpretation. Religion is a personal thing and it’s wonderful that a country like Australia allows us to worship and celebrate as we see fit.
      Doing some research into the origin of Christmas trees I discovered that using them as decorations in celebrations have pagan and hebrew origins. source
      I found that super interesting.
      Cheers Cinti

  • Peachy Keen Mumma says:

    What a great idea! I love the cute little tree with the dradles! Looks so colourful @cherryandme

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