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Monday, December 19, 2011

Counting Down to Chanukah

I love Christmas. There. I said it. I am secure enough in my jewalinity that I can say that. I love the spirit, the decorations, the buzz in the air, the December Dailies, and most of all, I love being able to enjoy it from afar. I love waking up to an almost silent New York City on Christmas day, knowing that I don't have to do anything at all. And if there's, noch besser (even better).

And, I have Chanukah. Not quite as much hoopla as Christmas, but fun just the same, especially for the kids who are looking forward to some much anticipated gifts. Especially Sam. Weeks ago he made his wish list, for all the grown ups in his life. He wrote who should get him which toy, and even provided links to make his benefactor's lives easier. Very thoughtful.

And while we have no advent calendars for Chanukah, we do have our plain old school calendar, which Sam used to count down the days to celebrating the Maccabees victory over the Greeks. Or to when he gets his presents. I forget which one.

One more day, kid. 


  1. Wishlist with links? Amazing :) Well, less headache for you :)

  2. I love Christmas too - for the reasons you do. Ah, just recalling the joy in driving to Midtown Manhattan on December 25, leaving 20 minutes to get to work from Washington Heights, and parking smack in the otherwise No-Parking's thrilling and relaxing just thinking about it!

    Of course, it's easy to be nostalgic for all of the trappings of the holiday season from Israel, where Christmas is only a big deal in Bethlehem and the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem (and in those places it's a VERY big deal). And that's pretty cool in and of itself - that Christmas is not a big deal here.

    Still, the lights and the tinsel and the carols bring a smile to my face every year.