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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.
Blue and silver balls – $20 for 40 pieces
Gold and silver ball ornaments-$8.68 for 40 pieces
Jewish Dreidel Ornament-$14.74
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.
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!