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Our Holiday Hanukkah Tree

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Hanukkah tree

Light, laughter, and lots of latkes

Last year was the first year we added a holiday Hanukkah tree. For me, their request was a little complicated. I raised them in a conservative Jewish home where our sole decor for Hanukkah consisted of menorahs, dreidels, and chocolate gelt. With Hanukkah falling early this year, I for one, am excited to recreate the tree.

The tree surprised even me. We had tried what we termed a Hanukkah bush a long time ago. But it made me uncomfortable because it seemed like a poor attempt of mimicking a Christmas tree. However,  I’ve changed a lot due to my personal journey. And, adding to that, was the fact that my adult daughters were living with me during the pandemic.  I was ready for a holiday re-do because we needed to find some light and laughter.

How It Went

Personally, I think I caught them off guard when I immediately said “sure, let’s get a tree.”

Actually, there was no religious tug that I was dishonoring my Jewish beliefs. I was not in a position of having to explain to them the difference between the two holidays and why we celebrate differently; there was no Christmas envy involved in my decision. Simply, all we were doing was enjoying the spirit of Hanukkah.

Fast forward. We decorated our Hanukkah tree keeping with the colors blue, silver & gold. I felt it would be positive for all of us especially since they should be living their twenties enjoying themselves in their new NYC apartment and that was cut short. We all needed additional joy.

Let’s Make This Room Sparkle

Ironically, I already had round ball ornaments that I used in vases with blue and gold flowers. We decorated the tree together and would turn on the lights at night. The amount of joy and happiness it brought me every night was immeasurable. We purchased everything through Amazon, because who wasn’t shopping that way throughout 2020. After the first of the year, I added in some additional ornaments.  With Hanukkah starting the Monday after Thanksgiving, we will have that weekend to decorate.

6ft Flocked Snow Artificial Christmas Tree with Foldable Metal Stand, 1080 Branch Tips, for Holiday Decoration, Easy Assembly, White – $98.99

Fairy String Lights Blue and White, Plug-in String Lights 8 Modes Waterproof for Indoor Outdoor Christmas Wedding Party Bedroom – $12.99 each color

Blue and silver balls – $20 for 40 pieces

Gold and silver ball ornaments-$8.68 for 40 pieces

Silver and Blue Hanukkah Star Shimmer Treetop-$33.89

Star of David with Glitter Ornament, Set of 6-$13.53

Jewish Dreidel Ornament-$14.74

Gingerbread Led Hanukkah House Ornament-$18.99

Hanukkah Hamsa Hand Ornament-$18.86

Of course, we still lit our menorah every night. The first night of Hanukkah the house had the scent of homemade latkes. Because of the happiness and joy it brought us, it will now be part of our new tradition. In fact, I have some new ideas for our Hanukkah dinner which I will share with you.

Additional Hanukkah Tree Finds

Some of my other finds from last year and this year include:

Blue Galileo Thermometer – I did not know what it was when I purchased it, but honestly, I have left it out permanently because I love that it is a thermometer.

Hanukkah woodblock signs

Star of David botanical from Peace Love Lights Shop

 

Life is far too complicated – finding simple moments of joy make this holiday so special! Here’s to how it all comes out this year!

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2021-11-25T08:51:47-05:002 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Wendi November 25, 2021 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! We just got our first Hannukah tree this year and the links and ideas you provided were great! Super excited to decorate now as well!

    • Janice Weinsoff November 25, 2021 at 8:49 am - Reply

      We just decorated our 2021 tree last night! I hope it brings you as much joy as it brings to us. Happy Hanukkah! 🕎

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