My family really was not involved in the Jewish community in an organized sense. My father traveled on the road, and my mother was in charge of my upbringing. I'm an only child. I was raised in the household with several adults—my parents, aunt and uncle, my grandmother, and my first cousin, who was ten years older. I was raised in this very loving and large home, where much was expected but there was a lot of gratification as well.
We had Seders once in a while when I was growing up, but not yearly in our house.
We had Hanukah, candles, always a Christmas tree, and until I got married and left the family, and Easter egg hunt. It was the way that a lot of Reform Jews were raised at the time—assimilation. Wanting to be American, and particularly during the World War II years, not wanting to be different. Now, that's not true of the Orthodox community, but it was true of the Reform community.
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