Holiday traditions at our house
I’m told this has been the first time in 40 years
that Hanukkah and Christmas both fell on the same day.
I do my usual candle lighting (well, actually Herman does
the candle lighting) and reminisce about the past Hanukkahs
traditional to have potato latkes on Hanukkah (latkes
are like small potato pancakes) along with brisket and
applesauce. It generally pales beside the traditional
Christmas dinner of turkey and all the trimmings. But
that has become commercialized over the years.
of Herman’s favorite traditions at this time of
year is to watch “The Christmas Story” which
is also known as Red Ryder Christmas because of the B-B
Gun involved. It plays around the clock on one cable channel
and Herman caught parts of several showings.
back to Hanukkah. On my page-a-day cat calendar for the
first day of Hanukkah, there were two cats sitting by
a Menorah with candles lit. A Menorah is a candelabra
with nine candle holders to symbolize the eight days of
the Festival of Lights plus the main candle to light the
others with symbolizing the light of the spirit.
holiday is based on the miracle of the oil lamp that stayed
lit for eight days in the Old Temple. There is a lot of
history and tradition with this holiday, just as there
is with Christmas. There are traditional Jewish songs
that accompany the lighting of the candles. I would need
my mother to help me remember them.
difference is that while children tear open all their
presents at once on Christmas morning, there is a different
present opened each of the eight days of Hanukkah. Additionally,
the candles are lit at sunset in the evenings of each
night of Hanukkah.
house, the extent of our holiday decorations are all the
holiday greeting cards we have received. We hang them
on the banister of the stairway as well as the rungs and
sideboards as they increase in number.
doesn’t really even care about having a Christmas
tree. This is just fine with me, although if he wanted
it I would try not to object. He says they are too messy
with pets in the house and I agree.
you could say with the holiday cards we have started our
own tradition. Hope your holidays were as happy as ours.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com