So I originally published the below post last year, and I wasn't going to publish it again, but I was asked to participate in author Terri Giuliano Long's Meet the Family Holiday Blog Hop. In the Toz household, we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. My side of the family is Jewish, and my husband's side is Catholic. Yesterday, Nate Rocks posted on Millie's blog all about his family traditions when it comes to celebrating Christmas (which, coincidentally, do have some similarities to the traditions here in the Toz household . . . is it the part about waiting to open the presents, Dad's pancakes, or Mom's awful cooking... hmmm). Today, I thought I would talk about Hanukkah - a holiday that is also rich in traditions, with the following post which I wrote last December:
|That's me on my Mom's lap with my brother, Dad,|
Aunt, & our giant Menorah! 1973?
Then we would move over to our smaller ‘normal’ sized menorah, where we would light the candles and say the prayers. I remember it was always coveted to be the one to light the candles (and usually resulted in a fight between my older brother and myself.)
My Aunt would always come over, and at some point, my parents would start bringing out the presents. Some families give one gift for each night of the eight day holiday, but we saved the gift giving for one day. The day of course would end with a great meal and a rousing game of dreidel.
I don’t know whatever happened to our giant Menorah, but I hope that my children are enjoying the Hanukkah traditions that we have incorporated into our family.
|Our tradition: the kids each have their own Menorah - we take turns lighting|
each night, and on the last night - we light them all!
However you celebrate your holidays, I hope you find yourself surrounded by the people you care most about! Happy Hanukkah!