It’s that time of year again, when I spend too much time waiting in line to buy things, wondering why so many Jewish musicians wrote Christmas music, and trying to explain to people who don’t believe me that Hanukkah is a minor holiday.

It’s not that I don’t like the whole “Holiday Season” idea. It’s just one more way that people try to convince themselves that Look! We’re all the same, celebrating our different holidays at the same time, all of us exactly like each other! But, of course, we’re not all the same, and even though it’s a lovely idea that everyone should be celebrating at the same time, it strips the individual holidays of their meaning.

Sure, it’s fun to decorate things, but I did that during Sukkos! Yes, I love staying up all night, but that’s why we have Shavuos! Celebrating a chain of events by reenacting them? Dressing up like our favorite characters? Pesach! Purim! No wonder Christmas is so stressful – they’re trying to have too much fun at once and not saving any for the rest of the year.

So given that Jews are lucky enough to have so many delicious holidays throughout the year, why the fuss about menorahs in public places?

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not offended by Christmas trees, I don’t think that every “Merry Christmas” needs to be replaced with “Happy Holidays.” But I think that we’re sacrificing something key when we insist that Hanukkah decorations be as prominent as Christmas decorations. People start believing that Hanukkah is the big Jewish holiday, that we’ve organized our year so that it conveniently falls next to Christmas, that our main goal for the year is to get our Hanukkah shopping done before Thanksgiving.

What would an egalitarian holiday season look like to you? My vision is this – a sukkah on every corner in the fall, and a matzah ball in every pot in the spring. Mandatory days off for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, so that I never have to explain to another boss that this is the real deal, that these are my most important holidays. Everyone planting trees in January, and wearing their Purim costumes to school in March.

No, I’m not expecting this to happen, but I do think that many things are more important than a menorah in every public window for the whole month of December. Hanukkah is a fun holiday with an important message: They tried to destroy us, but we survived! Let’s celebrate that survival not only next week, but throughout the year.