A Strong Reason Not to Have a “Hanukkah Bush”
From the book of Jeremiah (Chapter 10):
On the other hand, maybe that last verse means I don't have to make too much of this.
1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
2 thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
Of course, this verse also means Christians shouldn't have Christmas trees. After all, the first thing Jesus saw was almost certainly not a decorated tree. … Maybe Christians should have a menorah instead. He might have seen that.
In possibly-related news, I was recently asked what we Jews think about one of our relatives being worshipped by billions of people. I suppose we should be pleased, but we really wanted him to be a doctor.