Obama hosts an early Hannukah reception
December 9th, 2011
12:04 AM ET

Obama hosts an early Hannukah reception

By CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Thursday celebrated the Jewish holiday of Hannukah a bit early, holding a White House reception more than a week before the eight-day festival begins.

"We're jumping the gun just a little bit," Obama told several hundreds guests at the event taking place 12 days before Hannukah starts on December 20. "The way I see it, we're just extending the holiday spirit."

The president warned that "we do have to be careful that your kids don't start thinking Hanukkah lasts 20 nights instead of eight."

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Judaism • Obama

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