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!