This is most likely my one post as a Holiday Open House, but we'll see!
We don't celebrate big or decorate much anymore and y'all know I'm no longer much on cooking or baking!
When I was a mom, especially when I was in our "family of four", with my EX and just after
when my children were young...holidays were done differently then.
Now, the two of us enjoy a quieter scene, calmer and quite a bit slower...
a very much more do what we want, when we want, how we want.
It is just us.
Last year, I was working and getting home at 8PM,
I don't think we lit the Menorah once!
But, this year we really wanted to, so
Happy First Night of Hanukkah!
Right before we were to light the candles, the mail came.
In the bunch, a postcard greeting of our grandson, from his other Grandparents.
Orlo, bringer of light
Didn't they choose a great photo to use this year!
Holiday greetings back to you two!
Also in the mail, a note from Marti with a beautiful blessing.
May we count our blessings as many, so many.
Also, a gift from my sister was opened tonight.
Thank You Amy!
This is our Menorah:
It has a rather utilitarian look to it, yes?
About 1 1/4 inch square, 20 1/4 inches long...nothing flashy, just the candle holders and the
Jewish Star, which indicates where the Shamash candle goes.
It is my childhood Menorah and I have always loved it,
loved it for its history and simplicity.
But, really any Menorah is beautiful to me, because of their meaning and light.
Photo above at my sister's, many years ago (2009).
Photo below, also at her house (2012)
Isn't it lovely to see all of that light and tradition?!
Here is our home this year.
I haven't been able to easily explore You Tube
videos as much over the past few months,
but I found a couple that are pretty fun.
Well, the candles have long ago burned out,
so it's time to send our visitors off with one more gift.
The jungle here got new pots, soil, rocks and haircuts.
For the past week, I've been watching the green ever so slowly seep from this one leaf on an otherwise lush plant, which is known as the "Judy Plant".
I gave it to my friend and co-worker as one of those tiny dollar store plants.
Years later, she returned it to me when she moved out of state.
By then it was giant! She had a very good green thumb.
She has been a gift to me.
Anyway, tonight as I went to hold it,
ever so gently to photograph it, it fell off in my hand.
May you carry the traditions, from then and now
May you see the gifts, wherever they may be
May you hold the light, for yourself and others
Photographs by NAE ©2020