I didn’t waste much time this year getting into the holiday spirit. Luckily for me, I not only feel the nostalgia that naturally comes with celebrating Christmas, but I also I get to experience all the traditions of the Hanukkah holiday. I grew up in a small rural town in Virginia where everyone I knew celebrated Christmas. I can honestly say that during my childhood years, I never walked into a home during the month of December where a Christmas Tree wasn’t standing over a pile of presents and a Nativity Scene didn’t grace an evergreen adorned mantle. I knew no different. Don’t get me wrong, of course I had heard of Hanukkah and knew the basics of the holiday but I had never actually witnessed the traditions for myself.
Thanks to Eric, my Jewish hubby, my December decorations have expanded to include silver Menorahs, Stars of David, and blue lights. I look forward to cracking into gold-wrapped chocolate Hanukkah Gelt, spinning the dreidel and crossing my fingers that it lands on gimel so I can “take them all (pennies) ,” and reciting the Hanukkah blessings as the Menorah candles are lit: “Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melech…as you can see…I’m still working on this one…”
In our attempt to celebrate the month of December to its fullest, Eric and I are doing all we can to mix and mesh both traditions into one…so, I give you CHRISTMUKKAH. How do you like our YarmuClause?