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Light, laughter, and lots of latkes
This is my third year putting up a holiday Hanukkah tree. Yes, I have adopted a Christmas custom and applied it to Hanukkah. Only it is not a bush. It’s a tree; I am not the least ashamed to call it that. Our tree is adorned with Hanukkah-related decorations, white lights, and blue ribbons. I even added in silver and blue poinsettias. After all, it is the festive time of year.
Last year’s tree looked really good, but I have to say, I love my tree this year. Having a Hanukkah tree is complicated. Some feel it is not what Hanukkah is about. Oftentimes called the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah honors the miracle of the menorah burning for eight days and the Maccabees’ revolution. But it is also about making the world better. Gifts were certainly not part of the original celebration, yet many Jewish homes give gifts for each night of Hanukkah. My parents did not have a tree, but my aunt & uncle had a Christmas tree. Growing up and visiting their home, we participated in decorating their tree.
I never thought to question why we could not also have a tree. And as parents, we did not have a tree in our home when my daughters were growing up. However, through my daughters and my journey, we believe that bringing joy and love into a home supersedes any notion that a tree makes us any less Jewish.
Let’s Make This Room Sparkle
Of course, I had plenty of silver, blue and gold ornaments. Glittery ornaments and shiny ornaments. Large ornaments and small ornaments. With Hanukkah starting December 19th, I adapted the Christmas tradition of putting up the tree the day after Thanksgiving. It’s a time-honored tradition to decorate with my daughters.
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
Additional Hanukkah Tree Finds
This year I used ribbon, silver, and blue poinsettias to add dimension to the tree. I found some additional ornaments too. Being the perfectionist I am, I added this beautiful Damask Blue and White tree skirt. And I bought these additional ornaments.
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 makes this holiday so special!
Wishing You All A Very Happy Hanukkah 🕎💙