Thursday, December 10, 2020

Holiday Open House

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.

Song Break 

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.

Holidays Past

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.

Tradition Break~ Every year I send my older grandson gelt so he can play Dreidel :)

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.

A gift.

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


Liz A said...

the picture of Orlo ... what joy ... and the candles ... let there be light!

thank you for opening your home to us ... Happy Hanukkah today and the days yet to come ...

Marti said...

To see traditions carry on, no matter how elaborate or how simple, is to see life in its most memorable and treasured moments. Coming to your open house is so sweetly joyful: the lights of your celebration, the explanations that I enjoyed reading, the green of your plants, the music parody, etc. are all full of the magic of the season BUT what shines so wonderfully in this time of quiet season is Orlo...I would call him the most magical of Christmas elves but maybe that is not the right term. He is a beacon of love, a child of light with his happy smile and he brings me, the hope and blessings of the future in his happy little face. Thank you for sharing him with us, and for all that you share with us.

Shiborigirl said...

I love to see your celebration. We all need more light! Your post brought light into my day.

Nancy said...

Liz~ Thank you and I agree...a happy, light-filled photo of him!

Marti~ Thank you for your friendship and always being here!

Glennis~ I'm glad you came by! Yes, We always need more light, especially now!

Unknown said...


Nancy said...

Chrissie~ Aw, thanks! He sure does look happy to be lighting the candles! Love you too :)

Deb G said...

Thank you so much for sharing your traditions Nancy! So sweet to see Orlo! :)

Nancy said...

Deb~ Thanks for the inspiration! He sure is a cutie, for sure :)

Saskia said...

wow, Orlo's smile says it all, tis the season to be jolly, silly, laugh and relax and for enjoying the company we may keep xx

Nancy said...

Saskia~ I agree! he has a great smile :)