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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

December lights


Chanukah. Just the name illicits thoughts of lights and happiness, of snowy weather and hot cocoa and sitting indoors. Family.

Thats what Chanukah is to me. But anyway.. on to life.

this year, my chanukah is different. No singing Abba, no little siblings dancing and playing drediel, no big family parties. This year, its us 2. Lighting candles together, looking into the flames, and davening. Its very different. But beautiful at the same time.

Theres no mothers and grandmothers making latkes and serving doughnuts. In my family, we have tradition to bake chanukah cookies with all the kids. Sure, I miss that. This year Im the one making latkes. And if I want any parties, again I have to be in charge.

Sure, its difficult. Many of my friends succumbed to the homesickness that could very well envelop and destroy the beauty. But I won't let it. I still feel so special, and I feel the holiness and warmth of this holiday of lights.

I guess different is part of life.

12 comments:

nmf #7 said...

I guess this is the time to develop some new traditions for the newest part of your family- to put a positive spin on it.

Chag Sameach!

halfshared said...

I can imagine how hard it must be to be so far from the family you grew up with. I really understand that. I'm glad that you can see the positive in it too...because the reason why you're not with them is because you are starting your own home, together with your husband. One day iyh, your children will be pining for YOUR home...it's a natural cycle in life.
Happy Chanuka!

nmf #7 said...

halfshared- I would love to read your blog. Is it possible to be invited?
Thanks! (Sorry AK for hijacking :)

debka_notion said...

I've spent Hanukkah with my family, away at school, and this year, with my boyfriend- and it was mostly just us, he doesn't live in a big Jewish community. It was different- but eminently worthwhile. Funny how many different flavors one holiday can have.

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