"Momma, they didn't take it down!"
"Well, honey, some people leave decorations for different holidays up until after January first".
"Then how come our building took down our menorah after Chanukah and the Christmas tree is still there?"
"Well, some people do that too"
"So, sometimes people keep the menorah up and sometimes they take it down after Chanukah?"
"But everyone keeps their Christmas tree until after January 1?"
"Pretty much, yes"
"So, if everyone keeps their Christmas tree up in their store after Christmas is over, how come not everyone keeps their menorahs up until after Chanukah?"
"That's a good question, kiddo. I don't know".
She clearly does not like this answer. She pauses to think, and a moment later her relaxed face lets on that she has moved on to other thoughts. She begins jumping over seams in the sidewalk, noting that "the lines are fire".
She focuses on her game, clearly forgetting the serious thoughts she had earlier.
A few moments later.....
"Momma, how long will the earth stay?"
Damn. The Christmas tree question was easier.