“A Newspaper Christmas,” by Herbert Geller, originally ran in our Dec. 22, 2016, edition. It’s a holiday favorite around here. Although it is a bit belated, we hope you enjoy it.

We were not Catholic or Protestant or anything but Jewish, but we always had a good time at Christmas. After all, who were the people who began to celebrate Christmas? They certainly were not anything but Jewish. So why shouldn’t we enjoy Christmas like everyone else?

My mother May Friedman Geller started it. She always made sure that my sister Erna and I received presents on Christmas. When we got older, we also gave my parents presents on the morning of Dec. 25.

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Since the holiday was celebrated on or near the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, we also called them “Hanukkah presents.”

I became very close to my grandmother’s caregiver, Mrs. Rapier, when I was 6 or 7 or 8.

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