Friday, December 10, 2010

A Blended Holiday Household

Today is my SITS Day. If you do not know what that means I am not going to tell you. I kid, I kid. (If you're new here, you will soon learn that I like to tease!)

SITS is an incredible community of bloggers that you can find
here nearly every single day. Some days I slack off and don't head on over, and I'll tell you what - I always regret it.

Anyway, a little bit about me, which, after all, is why you're here, right?


I'm a
Jewish Mama in the South, who craves NYC bagels and my dad's matzo ball soup. I also really miss NYC pizza, which I can't even begin to explain ... though I have tried.

We're a blended family household here, in that I am Jewish, and as my husband defines himself, he is nothing. This makes for one
somewhat confused little three-year-old.

So for my SITS post today, I'm going to tell you a little bit about how we actually blend the holidays in our home, especially when Chanukah ended yesterday, and it's XX shopping days til Christmas. (Forgive me, I really don't know how many days it is, as I did all my shopping in time for Chanukah this year, which started wayyy early. You know you're jealous!)

This year we have not yet gone for a tree. It's been a few years since we have had one, as we normally travel on Christmas, but we'll be local this season, so we probably will get one this weekend. But in years past, we've had a Christmas tree, and we're sure to incorporate Chanukah into the theme of our
decorations.

Case in point:


You may not be able to tell, but that yellow ornament mid-tree is a dreidel! In fact, there is an entire string of Chanukah lights that covers the tree. There are some other ornaments, as well. I guess more and more people are celebrating both holidays these days, as it seems like more ornaments are available that celebrate Chanukah, but are ornaments, which, well, you get it, belong on a Christmas tree!


Of course, we let our house explode with more Chanukah decor, as I always have a tablecloth to celebrate the meal (this year we have a coloring tablecloth. You can't imagine how much fun that has been!). And yes, that is our old man cat (may he rest in peace) trying to sneak onto the table and steal the turkey!

And so I know this isn't your typical "how to" post, but I am proof that there is a way to celebrate BOTH, Chanukah and Christmas, together, and bring forth the delight of your little ones by decorating your homes full force. I have a variety of printable coloring pages I found online that celebrate both holidays, and my daughter loves them all. And they make instant decorations, too!
They're even more fun to color in with these cool dreidel crayons we gave her this year!


Anyway - that's me, in a nutshell. I'm Jewish, my husband's not, my kid is, but celebrates Christmas with Chanukah - and as tough as it might seem or as crazy as that sounds when the holidays are literally weeks apart on the calendar, all you have to do is find a way to use both sets of cookie cutters, hang the dreidels and menorahs on the tree and find a way to make both holidays a true festival of lights, love and family time!

So to all of you, I wish you a happy and a healthy holiday season. Hope to be seeing lots more of you around here. And many thanks to the SITStahs who brought so many of you my way today.


P.S. Before you go, feel free to enter my holiday giveaway! I'm hosting a $50 GC giveaway for Novica, right here! The winner could be YOU!

64 comments:

  1. Wow!! Congrats on your SITS day!! How awesome is that??

    I love how you combine the 2 holidays!

    ps
    I love that salad bowl too!!

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  2. Happy SITS Day! I think it's great to combine the holidays. And I'm totally jealous that you're all done shopping!

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  3. Happy SITS Day! I think it's great to combine the holidays. And I'm totally jealous that you're all done shopping!

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  5. It's amazingly great that you guys are able to incorporate two sets of ideas into one holiday season. My fiance and I are in a similar boat, though not quite as traditional. (He grew up Mormon but doesn't necessarily follow it anymore. I grew up Roman Catholic but identify these days as some form of pagan!)

    Congrats on your SITS day. :)

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  6. It truly adds something special to the holiday season for people to be able to celebrate multiple holidays. It sounds like you're doing a great job with bringing up your child to see that.

    Happy Holidays!

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  7. Happy SITS day! I love that you found a way to combine both holidays!

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  8. Congrats on your SITS day! Looking forward to reading more about your blended family.

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  9. Greetings from the Northeast! New Jersey to be exact. If I could Fed Ex you bagels I would. haha They're my favorite.

    Happy SITS Day! ;-)

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  10. Congrats on your SITS day!

    This was an interesting post how you combine both celebrations. I thought it was called Hanukkah though. Now I'm confused! I like how the Jewish people celebrate in a big way.

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  11. Love all the pictures. I almost feel like we're having a blended holiday ourselves this year; since Pierce goes to a Jewish preschool he's been bringing home all kinds of work and crafts celebrating Chanukah. :-)

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  12. Happy SITS day. I hope you ate so many latkes that you do not want to see another one until next year but have left enough room for shortbread cookies and gingerbread men.

    LisaDay

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  13. Congrats on being featured. Thanks for sharing how you blend the holidays.

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  14. Happy SITS day! Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah:)

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  15. Congrats on being featured on SITS!!! Sounds like you all have a fun life. Happy Holidays!

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  16. What an awesome story! I love it - from NY to NC. :) Glad you've adjusted to the transition, although I can't blame you for missing that delicious food! Hope your SITS day is wonderful!

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  17. Happy SITS day! I'm a NY girl transplanted in N. Central Florida. Nice to meet you!

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  18. Congratulations on your special day. I hope it is everything you hoped for.

    Off to check out some other posts. Have fun today.

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  19. Congrats on your SITS day. Great blog you've got here.. love the good reads cloud... how did you do that?

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  20. That's awesome that you combine both holidays! December is a busy month of celebrating for your family.

    Love the dreidel crayons!

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  21. Happy SITS day! Looks like you do a very nice job of smoothly blending the two holidays.
    I visited NYC once as a child, and I remember running through the streets trying to find somewhere to get out of the rain and dodging into this little pizza shop. It was the absolute BEST pizza I've ever had in my life, I still remember it some 20+ years later, so I totally get your missing it!

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  22. Happy SITS Day to you!!

    Mmm, I've never been to NYC but I imagine the food rocks.

    Of course, I love Southern food too.

    Basically, I love all foods in general so long as there are no mushrooms and olives ;)

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  23. I think ts wonderful that you incorporate both while staying true to your roots!
    Love the tree by the way!

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  24. Happy SITS Day! The holidays sound like a blast in your house! But they really make Chanukah ornaments for Christmas trees? Oy!

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  25. Happy SITS Day and Happy Holidays (all of them ;)

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  26. How wonderful it must be to celebrate two holidays, and busy too! And to top it off, it's your SITS Day!

    Happy SITS Day and enjoy the comment love today.

    Hanneke (pronounced just like the holiday but totally unrelated)

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  27. Two holidays! Yay!

    Happy SITS day....all the way from warm, Honolulu, Hawaii! :)

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  28. Stopping by from SITS. I'm from Cleveland, OH where we have one of the largest populations of Jewish people and I miss Hanukkah, Seder dinner, and bagels myself.

    thanks for sharing!

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  29. Happy SITS Day! Wow, it seems like it would be difficult to incorporate both holidays but you seem to have it under control. Hell, I have trouble getting the tree decorated lol! Kudo to you....great blog!

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  30. Happy Holidays! Combine away...love that its accepted and embraced! Waving HI from SITS...by the way WTG on your day!

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  31. Great post and Happy SITS Day!! I think it is wonderful that you have found a way to incorporate the two in a way that suits your family!!

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  32. My close friend celebrates both holidays with her boys. Their dad was Jewish (he passed away). I think it is fabulous! Would be tough to be organized and ready for both, but certainly fun for the kids!
    Happy SITS day to you!

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  33. So glad your sharing your blog. My sister lives in New Jersey, she is Catholic and her husband Jewish. They have two children and decided to go with the Catholic education for the children.

    I like it, we get to be involved in both celebrations for their holidays.

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  34. Congrats on your SITS day! That is wonderful that you find a fun, meaningful way to combine both holidays. :)

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  35. Happy SITS day. Welcome to the south, and I apologize for the grammar and the unusual behavior that passes for "southern hospitality".

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  36. Congrats on your SITS feature! I love that you're able to find a compromise and celebrate both holidays! Looking forward to reading more!

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  37. Happy SITS day to you, and congrats on blending faith (and non-faith)in such a creative way. I have a friend who is raising a BuJew daughter (Dad's Buddhist, Mom's Jewish) and many, many others who celebrate Christmas and Hannukkah. As far as I can tell, you're just expanding your kids' horizons about the meaning and manifestations of faith, and ain't nothing wrong with that.

    Take care!

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  38. As a first time visitor today I have to say that I love your title! We are in CA but have a lot of redneck jokes about the way we do things like using lighter fluid to light the indoor fire stove, fixing things with duct tape and letting the kids play with tools as toys. Lots of redneck fun to be had! ;)

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  39. Woohoo! Happy Sits Day!! I read the post and was like WAIT a minute! I know her!

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  40. Around our house we like to think any holiday or sacred day is worth observing. We're about to put up our tree, and enjoyed lighting candles on the menorah after baking challah and frying latkes. Happy is good.

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  41. I'll have to figure out a way to send pizza and bagels down to you from New York. Do you have good Chinese Food down there? I can send some of that down too!
    I give you credit for leaving NY, I don't think I could ever do it. Not with my family up here and of course, pizza, bagels and chinese food! Congrats on your big SITS day!

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  42. Mazel tov on your SITS day! Happy holidays to you and yours.

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  43. Happy SITS Day! My husband is Jewish and I am not... We've debated about how to do the double holiday when we have kids...

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  44. Hi, okay so I am your newest follower!
    I am a LI girl gone south of the mason dixon line. I too share your cravings for pizza and bagels, at this time of year I so miss a good homemade potato latka (okay so sorry I know I spelled that wrong)!
    I grew up with SO MANY friends that had a mixed holiday home.

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  45. Andrea, congratulations on you SITS day! I grew up in a home where we celebrated both holidays as well. Both of my parents consider themselves agnostic, but felt it was important to teach us about our heritage and share the traditions and customs of their childhoods. My brothers and I always considered ourselves lucky to celebrate both, and now my girls enjoy sharing our family traditions (particularly the Jewish ones) with their classmates in school.

    I love those crayon dreidels. Wherever did you find them?

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  46. Love the blended holiday!

    So happy that it is your SITs Day!!! I hope it is wonderful. Enjoy it.

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  47. Happy SITS Day! I love you blend both holidays!!

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  48. I had a neighbor growing up in Jersey who did what you did. I was always jealous she got TWO holidays!

    Enjoy your SITS day!

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  49. Was so excited when I clicked over to SITS to see that it is your day!!!! :)

    Hope you had a great one!

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  50. Happy SITS Day! NYC pizza must be a similar phenomenon to Philly Cheesesteaks, and the water used in the rolls!

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  51. congrats for being able to combine your different religions/cultures and make something totally unique and you!

    And thanks for the giveaway!

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  52. Fantastic! I'm a displaced NYer as well, but I've just moved to Maine. Bagels and hard rolls are regularly delivered via family and Jet Blue :)
    Happy SITs day, Happy Blended Holidays and I'm glad the SITstahs introduced you!

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  53. That's awesome. I'm coming over to your house to celebrate.

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  54. I don't know how I missed your SITS day but I did! So here I am, belated but here! I think your daughter is going to grow up with amazing memories and traditions. I love your amazing tree, too!

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  55. Happy SITS Day! I love how you incorporate both holidays into your families celebrations! Love the dreidl ornament.

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  56. CONGRATULATIONS (or should I say Mazel Tov?) on your SITS Day, Andrea! I love your decorations and am so happy to have met you in Blog Land!
    ;-)

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  57. I'm visiting from SITS. And then I read a post where you link to Erin and I'm all, "How cool, I know her too". But then I get back to business reading more things on your blog.

    I'm a Jewess too. Married to a man who is 'technically' Jewish but prefers to be just American. We have a 7yo daughter who gets all the Jewish stuff from us and then we head over to Grandma's house (MIL - who is Jewish but celebrates Christmas and I'm subscribing to the Don't ask part of it).

    Well, happy SITS day! And by Day I mean weekend since I'm obviously late.

    Shalom, Mazel Tov, Hava Negila, Lechu Neranenah, Ma Tovu and all that jazz!

    Your new Jewish Friend,
    Sara

    Sara from Saving For Someday
    savingforsomeday.com

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  58. Happy SITS! Enjoy the South - I love that part of the country the best.

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