At work this week, one child told me she was celebrating Hanukkah, another told me she is going to celebrate Christmas, and the next said, “I’m mixed!” Like Husband, she is being raised by one Jewish parent and one not Jewish parent, therefore; she gets to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas!
We decided many moons ago that we too would have a “mixed” family, and are excited to raise a family that is familiar and appreciative of these two different cultures. However, we definitely need some practice teaching the holidays and the traditions that come along with them. We decided start practicing with our precious dog-child, Belle.
Good thing we started with a dog too…We kept accidently forgetting to light our menorah until the 7th day…woops.
First, we lit the menorah. We followed the rules, lit the candles from left to right, said the prayers, and placed our free candelabra in the window. I have been searching for a menorah to light all season, but recently a group of Jews stopped Husband in Time Square, asked if he was Jewish, and then handed him a free menorah! Score!
After lighting the menorah, we gave Belle a dreidel for her to play games.
Then we made latkes (pan-fried potato pancakes) with applesauce and matzah ball soup.
Everyone knows NYC is full of some of the most famous Christmas scenes in the world, but there is a lot of Hanukkah being celebrated in the city as well.
Happy last day of Hanukkah to all of you!