Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I sat down to write ...

Tonight Chanukah begins. It's the first night of the holiday. I sit here typing at the laptop, my daughter watching The Princess and the Frog for the umpteenth time. I have loads of presents for her, but haven't wrapped a single one.

Our Christmas tree is flashing her blue and white lights right beside me. Blocking my view of the television but that's alright. I know the music. I know the words. I'm good without actually SEEing the movie.

My kiddo munches on dried fruit as I sit here. I'm trying to think of what tonight's dinner will be. I'm lost. Lacking motivation and missing ideas. Perhaps I've used too many of them up lately? I'm not sure.

The poinsettia lights flicker behind me over the frame of our bathroom door. The only stable lights in this room are the glow of a lamp on a table behind me and the Chanukah strand up high above the mantle.

My candles will be glowing in a few hours. But first I need to get some. Why this happens I haven't a clue. I know Chanukah comes every year. Usually I cannot find my menorah, but this year I know where that is. I'm just low on candles. I'm sure there are at least two I can use before the night is over. I'm sure I'll figure this all out and we can celebrate and say the blessings.

Our tree has hanging dreidels and stars of David, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There are snowflakes and angels, and candy canes aplenty. We've got snowmen hanging on our walls, and scented candles flickering atop the stove. We don't put them together - they might melt!

I'm crazily baking cookies and when the cookie cutters come out tomorrow there will be Jewish stars and Christmas stars and sugar cookie mix. My daughter won't care as long as she gets to lick the bowl when we're done and push loads of sprinkles into both kinds.

Now, we haven't gone as far as to get this funky Santa menorah (see here) but who's to say we wouldn't consider it?

I am linking up with Just Write this week (see button below). And I have pictures to share but Picnik is sucking and not letting me mark them or edit in any way, so I have to skip. Here's hoping I can add them to the blog tomorrow for Wordless or Word-filled Wednesday!

Happy Holidays to all!


  1. I love that you've so seamlessly blended the two traditions and ways of celebrating together!

  2. It's totally okay to make your own blended holiday!

    Happy Hanukkah!

  3. i love that you incorporate both holidays. I bet that makes it truly memorable for your wee one.
    But mostly I love your beautiful writing and the imagery it creates
    Have a very happy Hannukah

  4. I love that you incorporate both holidays. I bet that makes it truly memorable for your wee one.

  5. I love how you have incorporated both holidays! :) It's beautiful and even all the more special I'm sure!


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