Do Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Celebrate Christmas?

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump make their way across the South Lawn

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are Washington D.C.’s power couple. The pair moved from their swanky digs in New York to the D.C. area when President Trump was elected, and have made themselves at home in the nation’s capital.

Last year, for their first Christmas in the area the pair partook in classic holiday traditions, including ice skating, cookie baking, and tree-trimming. This year, the couple is planning for more of the same, but Ivanka and Jared have their eyes on Hanukkah rather than Christmas. Both Jared and Ivanka practice the Jewish faith, a facet of their marriage that they both declare the key to their happy home.

What did Ivanka and Jared do for the holidays in the past?

Holiday family time with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s family | Ivanka Trump via Instagram

During the 2017 holiday season, Ivanka was active on social media, sharing pictures of her family enjoying both Hanukkah and Christmas. The pair attended the White House Hanukkah Party on December 7th. Ivanka, Jared, and their children all attended. The party, traditionally hosted by the sitting president and first lady, was also attended by key Jewish community members and those occupying legislative seats.

The pair were also on-hand for the White House Christmas Party. The Press party in 2017, is likely the last for the current sitting president. Rumor has it there will be no 2018 Press Christmas Party, but the Trump camp will continue to host a private Christmas Party. Prior to their time in Washington D.C., Jared and Ivanka enjoyed the Christmas holiday in more exotic locations. In 2016, they spent their holiday season in Hawaii, posing for pictures and enjoying the sunshine.

What will Ivanka and Jared do for the holidays in 2018?

Ivanka has been vocal on social media about her affinity for the holiday season. She shares photos of her family as they partake in traditional holiday events, including ice skating and cookie making. 2018 is gearing up to be much of the same for the family of five. The family will continue to attend political holiday events together, including those held at the White House.

The duo, however, has stayed mum about their actual plans for the big day this year — a move that is undoubtedly strategic. The pair, and their young children, while public figures, do enjoy their privacy when it comes to family time.

One place where the happy couple will likely be absent though is church services. Both Ivanka and Jared are practicing Orthodox Jews and will spend the Jewish holiday at temple services. They also reportedly observe the Sabbath all year long.

Ivanka’s conversion to Judaism

Ivanka has spoken openly about converting to Judaism prior to her marriage to Jared Kushner. Kushner and Trump met in 2007 during an informal business meeting. The pair were set up by mutual friends. The friends believed that a business pairing would be a good idea for the duo, never realizing they’d be romantically interested in one another.

Shortly after their 2007 meeting, the pair started dating but split in 2008 over religious differences. Kushner grew up in a traditional Jewish household. Trump’s Presbyterian background was a dealbreaker, and the pair went their separate ways briefly. After their split, Trump began studying under a rabbi to convert to Judaism. The couple rekindled their relationship soon after.

She has spoken openly about how Judaism has enhanced her life. She has said that Jewish tradition serves as a beacon in her life for raising her children and interacting with her community. The pair tied the knot in 2009 and began a family shortly after that. They are raising their three children, Arabella, Joseph, and Theodore Jewish.