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Yes, I’m Jewish. Yes, I celebrate Hanukkah. Isn’t eight nights of a December (sometimes November) holiday enough?

No. No it is not.

I love Christmas. This does not mean I love Hanukkah any less. I mean latkas done right are the greatest (I’m a fan of crispy over thick), eight nights of presents rock (even when one of them is ALWAYS underpants—thanks, Mom), and playing dreidel was my first taste of the highs and lows of gambling.

But back to Christmas. Do I love/believe all (or any of) the religious aspects of the holiday? No. I mean cool if you do. But that’s not what I’m here for. Otherwise I’m here for SO many aspects of Christmas. The treats, the tree, the music, the capitalism. I’m down for all of it. This month, leading up to Christmas, I’m going to share with you all the things I love about xmas (including calling it “xmas”). Join me, won’t you? L’chaim.

Peppermint Bark

I rarely go for the mint and chocolate union any other time of year but Christmas. It truly is my favorite xmas time treat. There are a zillion recipes and I’ve Pinterested them all, but this super simple one is a personal favorite. If you’re lazy like me and can’t get anyone to make this recipe for you, I also love the Ghirardelli peppermint bark squares. Peppermint Bark reigns supreme, but in honor of my people I also have to give runner up props to Matzo Crack.

What makes Peppermint Bark better is that around the holidays it seems to be available everywhere. Whenever I go to Starbucks I get tempted by their version, but then I remind myself that a cake or cookie base has no place in peppermint bark. Not today, Santa. Not today.

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