Our holiday lights have been up for over a week. Each night they come on, the kids faces light up as if it was the very first time they saw then. They are smiling with excitement as they ask how many days until Hanukah? How many Until Christmas?
Our family celebrates both traditions. Bring on all the miracles and magic.
One of my favorite things this time of year are all of the classic specials on TV. My husband and I love to watch Christmas Vacation. Other favorites include White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street…the original version of course! What I am looking most forward to is cuddling up with my kids by the fire to watch The Grinch, Rudolph, and Frosty. I remember back when my brother and I used to watch. We couldn’t wait for Christmas to arrive! Our lists to Santa had been sent off and of course we were on our BEST behavior just like we had been ALL YEAR LONG. (Go with that last part. Both my parents and Santa read this blog.)
Growing up, we also had a menorah under the tree because that is what my dad grew up celebrating. This year we will make Challah French toast and Latkes to celebrate this tradition. On each of the 8 nights, my husband will help one of the kids light the candles and teach them the meaning of it. They love to play dreidel and even if the song will be one we cannot get out of our heads, we love to sing it. Who doesn’t?
One of my best friends and I always talk about December as being a magical month.
The holidays bring all sorts of happy memories into my heart. It’s probably why once our tree is up, it doesn’t come down until February.
It is very easy to get caught up in the pressures of decorating, shopping, and getting to all of the parties but those moments of joy throughout it all?
Magic and miracles.
Obviously I didn’t like the magic quite so much at this age. 🙂