We went out to lunch today and when the server brought our check he wished us a Merry Christmas. My six year old daughter piped up " we celebrate Hanukkah". When the server returned he couldn't get out a " Happy Hannukah" - he stumbled for words- finally said something about a happy holiday. I wished my Catholic neighbor a merry Xmas today- she couldn't get the Hanukkah word out either. I've noticed a pattern in the five years since I converted- Most Christians avoid saying happy Hanukkah to a Jew. Why?