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    Does anyone know of a reason NOT to give Chanukah presents to family memebers (children)?

    I ask because it has become our family custom, but everyone ends up buying each other’s kids cheap shmatteh toys (for say $4 each) because no-one wants to spend too much. Then there’s the unfairness of the parents with 2 kids buying 7 presents for the parents with 7 kids and vice versa.

    To me it smells like Chukas Hagoy. For years I thought it strange/wrong. If only I had a source ‘assering’ it I would be able to wriggle out of this unfortunate family custom.

    Note I am not questioning Chanukah Gelt – I’m questioning Chanukah presents.

    Please help!

    And please – no lectures about how I should be more giving.


    I was always taught that the source for chanukah gifts come from a fat man with a long beard in a red suit.


    In my family we got small gifts from our parents nights 1 through 7 and a larger present on night number 8.

    🍫Syag Lchochma

    We got Chanukah gelt from our parents and relatives and after Chanukah my parents would take us to buy what we wanted with our money.

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