I will remind the reader that my daughter, Ophelia, is six years old (actually, six-and-a-half, as she herself would stress).
Last week, while discussing what the family will be doing over the Winter Break afforded by the Loudoun County School District, Ophelia asked again what the Christmas holiday was about. So we told her about it being a Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus. She then asked about Easter, and we told her that it was the Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection (or “the coming back to life” as we defined it to her) of Jesus.
We reminded here that since we are Jewish, we don’t believe that he came back to life and that it is only a story.
She thought for a moment and then asked if non-Jewish people thought our holiday of Hannukah with its miracle of the oil lamp that lasted for eight days was just a story also.
She then asked if the miracle of the oil lamp was indeed true.
While I am quite impressed with the leap of reasoning our daughter was able to make regarding what other people must think, I am still trying to come up with an answer for her.
(You know, if she had asked about sex, I wouldn’t be having as much trouble as I am with this query)