Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hanukkah: You Can't Hold A Candle To It

There are eight nights of Hanukkah and below are eight of the many reasons why it's fun to celebrate it, and not be envious of the 12 days of Christmas (inspired/reworked from numerous sites around the worldwide web).

1) You won't find a big, fat guy in a jolly red suit stuck in your chimney.

hanukkah day one

2) It's much easier to clean wax from your menorah than it is to vacuum pine needles.

3) Potato latkes vs. fruitcake? No contest (sorry Suldog).


4) Your kids aren't heartbroken to learn that the aforementioned guy in the red suit doesn't exist.

5) Your menorah won't elicit complaints from your neighbours for keeping them awake.

menorah day five

6) No reindeer poop to shovel from your roof.

7) Nobody will send you a video of dogs barking "The Dreidel Song."

gold wrap2

8) With your Jewish relatives, there's no such thing as a silent night.


Anonymous said...

HA! Love your list, especially the reindeer poop one and the last one. Very funny!


Brian Miller said... stuff...think i will keep my silent night though...smiles.

Anonymous said...

Not to mention all those drummers...
They kind of take the silent out of the night. ;)
Plus, blue & silver are possibly the best color combination ever!
It looks like you've had a marvelous Festival of Light, Hilary. Cheers!

Steve Gravano said...

I love it...funny I didn't see any inspired sites from around the worldwide web.
Enjoy the holiday and potato latkes.

solarity said...

I insist on having latkes AND fruitcake! I always have fruitcake for my birthday, too. Homemade.

(No one will send you dog barking the Dreidel Song? No one? I sense a challenge here....)

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Lori said...

I love your sense of humor Hilary and your list...not having to shovel reindeer poop is a good thing. :) Happy Thursday Hilary. XX

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Great post Hilary! Also, no reindeers clomping (and other things) all over your roof! Like Brian, I would have to find a way for a silent night or two.

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Oops - guess I absorbed #6 but didn't consciously register it. Should have known you would leave nothing out!!! :-)

Tabor said...

Ah yes, the other way of looking at the grass is greener. Never did figure out why we have to make everything a contest.

She Who Carries Camera said...

Not to mention there's no dealing with having to untangle miles of lights. ;-)

Hilary said...

Loved this post. It is all in the 'perspective', isn't it?

Phyllis E said...

So, where's the picture of the reindeer poop? Did they all fly to VT this year??????

Happy Hanukkah, Cuzzie!

Cuzzie P

steviewren said...

I'm right there with you about the potato pancakes vs fruitcake!

Happy Hanukkah Hilary!

Out on the prairie said...

Today is the last day. Only in the US do they celebrate big, possibly to defer the Christmas enthusiasm.
A neighbor would give us leftover latkes with sugar, to eat like a cookie.I always had her show my friends here bullet scar, not knowing the reality she had went through escaping the camps.

DJan said...

That final picture of the gold wrap is so beautiful, Hilary. And your story is also filled with light. Tripping lightly with candles lighting your way, laughing all the way.

Anonymous said...

That's hilarious!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Sounds wonderful (and very funny). Lovely photos as well, have a great day!

positive affirmations said...

I see the greatness in all situations and seek what will bring me joy.
I was born to live a joyous life!

I accept things as they are and surrender
to the field of all possibilities. All is well! <3

I will respect my body by eating appropriately and
enjoying delicious natural food given by my creator.

Suldog said...

Thank you for the shout-out and you're forgiven. However, I don't understand #4. Are you saying... no, you couldn't be saying that Santa... no, I refuse to believe it (or not believe it) (or... or... oh, I'm so confused!)

Well, what about Hanukkah Harry, then? If my guy doesn't exist...

Anonymous said...

Great post Hilary! OMG....the "neighbours" video made me howl, that's just unbelievable....but yeah, I would be very grumpy if they were my neighbours!

Reb said...

Wow, that video should come with a warning for epileptics! Love your list and your photos.

Bossy Betty said... mean Santa doesn't exist? What? Please send a full explanation.

I dig latkes with sour cream!

Kristina P. said...

I would love to incorporate some Hannukah into my life.

Cricket said...

Why not both latkes and fruitcake? Not together, of course. I have to admit, like Sul, I love fruitcake. It's on the short list of gift ideas for me... luxury items I rarely will buy for myself:

Punch Churchills

A good monastery fruitcake is a delight. Goes well with whiskey, too. And followed by a nice cigar. And some more whiskey. A seat by the fire. Some more whiskey...

You get the idea.

I always liked Adam Sandler's Hanukkah Song.

messymimi said...

Lovely photos from a lovely celebration.

Oh, and I'll bet it's also nice not to have to take the kids to 3 different houses on one day, because every side of the family demands that it be on that one day, and no other.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

This was wonderful! I loved the list and the videos and the magnificent photos. Excellent post.

Anita said...

As I get older, I feel a need to know more about Hanukkah. I'm getting there, slowly, but surely.
Happy Hanukkah.
(Is this the last day? I'll check.)

lime said...

such lovely images. and i have to agree with you about latkes vs. fruit cake!

Daryl said...

All true ... I like that you went with the blue/white candle theme, I did a mishmash this year ... sigh.. like everything else ...

Karen said...

Great list, love the photos, too! Blessings**

Anonymous said...

Love this - although I'll keep my 12 days, I have to agree with you for sure on the latkes vs. fruitcake (sorry Suldog!)

Gary's third pottery blog said...

no silent night, HA! :)

Rebecca said...

Happy Hanukkah,

Wendy said...

Ha - that was cute. I like the last comment best of all. Sorry, I also like fruitcake! Yum. Your candle pics are clear and bright.

Nancy said...

Beautiful. Love the photos.

Cloudia said...

LOL! # 8

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Dawning Inspiration said...

LOL - literally!

Indrani said...

Nice and funny list, love this unique analysis. :)

Dawn said...

Haha! Hilarious post! I think it's my time to celebrate this.....a lot of positives;)

MizFit said...

BEAUTIFUL beautiful photos.

Friko said...

Enough already with the Christmas palaver. But then, Hanukkah can be quite a 'lively' occassion too.

(We have a bit of both - we have Jews, Catholics, and Agnostics in the family, not to mention the Atheists, who really like their celebrations)

And we all like candles!

Unknown said...

Some fun stuff Hilary. But I'm not sure I agree getting candle wax remove is easier than vaccuming pine needles!

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the Friday laugh Hilary. I should not have watched the barking and meowing link--I'll havve that song in my head all day now.

Shammickite said...

Happy happy Hannukah to you and your family Hilary. Love those pictures of your Jewish traditions!
I have finally got myself back into blogland, but not for long as my monitor blew up so I am using a borrowed one for now, will have to go shopping for a new one. Or maybe a laptop, might be a better idea!
Meanwhile I have been packing, moving and then unpacking.... almost done, but still have numerous boxes of books in the basement waiting for me to go to IKEA and buy some bookcases!

sage said...

You got some good points here. I hope your Hanukkah Season has been happy and wonderful

Sueann said...

Great list!! Reindeer poop is definitely a good incentive!!

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Di. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

• Thank you, Brian. May all be calm and bright. :)

• Too true, KC - AND those pipers piping. I totally agree with you about blue and silver. That's always been one of my favourite colour combinations especially at this time of the year. Thanks very much for stopping by. :)

• Steve, no WWW inspiration? You're here, aren't you? ;) Thanks very much for the visit. :)

• Solarity, that's a pretty reasonable demand. I wish you sour cream for your latkes and rum for your fruitcake. And if you're up to that challenge.. by all means, go ahead! ;)

• Thank you, Lori. We tend to get enough snow shoveling each season. Adding reindeer poop to that task would just be too much. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Thanks, Bonnie. I'd say that great minds think alike but we were both thinking of reindeer poop and I'm not so sure we should be proud of that. ;) Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

• Tabor, I'm not saying that the grass is greener on either side (or that there are even sides, for that matter) - just a little less snowy in some areas of each. :)

• Jillsy, there's that too! We have other ways to get wired. ;)

• Hilary, it always is. :)

• Sorry, Cuzzie but it's too early for that. Give it a couple of weeks. ;) Chappy Chanukkah and hugs, right back at you, Phyl. :)

• Steviewren, great to know. Please pass the sour cream! Thanks kindly. :)

• OOTP, not only in the U.S. Up here in Canada, too. :) Your neighbours method of serving leftovers sounds like it has potential. I'm glad she's still here to share with you and yours. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, DJan. And I like how you've woven the two holidays together, musically in your comment. :)

• Thanks, LadyFi. :)

• Elizabeth, thanks very kindly. Much appreciated.

• Positive Affirmations, if you weren't so darn positive in your spamming, you'd be deleted by now. I hope the clicks to your site were of benefit to you. :P

• Oh darn, Suldog. I'm sorry about #4. Here, have a piece of fruitcake. I remember the Hanukkah Harry skit. He's very real, along with his trusty donkeys Moische, Herschel and Schlomo. ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Rain. Can you imaging that happening across the street 24/7 for a month or so? Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Reb. Yes, and to migraine sufferers too. ;)

• Betty, did I say that? No, I'm pretty sure I was talking about Sanity Clauses. Here, have a latke slathered in sour cream. ;)

• Kristina, I suggest you start with the latkes. ;)

• Cricket, you're allowed both. ;) Honestly, I don't dislike fruitcake, myself. It's not like it's chocolate, but neither does it lack its own appeal. Occasionally. I could live with the first three items on your list but you can keep the last item - so, close but no cigar. ;) But I do get the idea. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Hilary said...

• Thanks, MessyMimi. That would be another plus, I'm sure. :)

• Linda, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Yes, Anita. Hanukkah is over now. I got my post in just in time. I think most of us have a desire to learn some new things as we mature - in that same slow but sure manner. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Lime, thank you. Shhh, don't let Suldog hear you. ;)

• Thanks, Daryl. The blue and whites were from my cousin's menorah at the family party last week. Mine were multi-coloured. That single blue one was from mine, though. I hear you on the mishmash. It's what I do best. ;)

• Thank you kindly, Karen. :)

• Barbara, I'd say it's been about 50/50 on the latkes/fruitcake front. I'll have to admit that they're both pretty decent. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Gary, I'm glad you stopped by. :)

• Thank you, Becca. :)

• Thanks kindly, Wendy. I will admit to enjoying fruitcake, myself. Just not as much as the latkes. ;)

• Thank you, Nancy. Much appreciated. :)

• Cloudia, I'm glad you got a laugh out of it. :)

• SD, I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Thanks, Indrani. I'm pleases me that you liked it. :)

• Dawn, welcome to the celebration. I'm glad you could join me. :)

• Thank you, MizFit. It's very good to see you here. :)

• Friko, I suspect that you can debate just about anything along with the best of them. ;) Diversity is indeed good.. candles are optional. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Jane. You might be right depending on where the wax landed and how big the tree is. :)

• Slamdunk, I'm glad you got a laugh out of it. Sorry for the ear worm! ;)

• Thanks very much, Shammie. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. How exciting that your move is complete and that you'll be spending the holidays in a new home. Ikea is always fun - until you get lost in the store or have to do all that assembling. ;) Sorry to hear about the monitor. Maybe that guy in the red suit will be good to you. ;)

• Thanks very kindly, Sage. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, SueAnn. I'll bet that Rudolf is glad to know it's good for something. Thanks for stopping by. :)

carmilevy said...

Chag sameach, Hilary. Thank you for sharing such great talking points re. why our holidays can be such a kick.

I miss the house0wide latke smell already!

Frank Baron said...

Oy vey. What, exactly, do you mean by #4?

Thumbelina said...

Fabulous reasons. Great shots and hope you have/had a peaceful hanukkah.

Potato latkes vs fruit cake... hmmm. That's a hard one. I say both! Mmmmm. :)

Mage said...

Lovely....hope you are having a grand holiday.

photowannabe said...

Love this Hilary and a very happy belated Hanukkah. My appologies for being so far out of the loop this last several weeks.
Love all the pictures of the candles and gorgeous packages. So happy you don't have to shovel poop from the roof...(:0)

Mage said...

Thanks for your kind words about the ship pictures. I'm showing a few now that I haven't put up before. They aren't art, but they do give a feeling to our surroundings. Today's shot of the desert stretching before the bow touches me. There is no water there, yet see the green around the resorts. Amazing that these corporations put such efforts into getting water.

ds said...

Oh, that darned reindeer poo...
Seriously, I do admire the thoughtful simplicity of Hanukkah over the increasing commercial frenzy that is now Christmas.

Late with the greeting, so I hope it was a happy celebration, indeed. And I'll light a candle for you later ;)

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Carmi! And happy holidays to you, too. The latkes sure were yummy! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Frank, it means you can put away your jolly red suit now, and quit whitening your beard. Oh, wait... ;)

• Thumbelina, so good to see you! :) Thank you kindly my friend - it was very nice. And you're allowed both. In which order? ;)

• Thank you, Maggie. All done now but it was fine. :)

• Sue, thank you kindly. No need to apologize for real life. I'm happy to see you when you're able to drop by and certainly understand when you can't. I try to avoid looking at the roof. That way I will neither find poop nor fall off. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Maggie, I'll be by to see them at some point. Thanks for letting me know. :)

• DS, Hanukkah can get almost as crazy in some families, I suppose. It all depends on your focus for either. Simple is best. Thanks so much for the kind words. You'll light a candle? WICKed! ;)

Zuzana said...

Beautiful images describing your wonderful Holiday.;))
I love all the colourful candles and the idea of the celebration lasting for days is so appealing.;))

Merisi said...

How true!

On the other hand, friends of mine celebrate Christmas as well and it seems the little ones expect gifts during both holidays. ;-)

Cheryl Kohan said...

I cannot believe the lengths to which people will go with their Christmas lights. Ridiculous.

I'm happy your Hanukkah was lovely and you're spot on on all counts. Although I do have a really, really delicious fruitcake recipe. Really.

Sandra said...

A very clever list. I like potato pancakes better than fruitcake too. Happy Hanukkah, dear friend.

SandyCarlson said...

Fun stuff there! You made me think of another one: doughnuts!

Maria said...

It's nice that Hanukkah has escaped the crass commercialism which Christmas has attracted because it must make the feast much more personal. What I'd really like to know is the story behind the festival and why is it celebrated? Perhaps, like the midwinter festivals of other cultures, it celebrates the victory of light over darkness? Many of the Yuletide celebrations actually predate Christianity and celebrate just that. No one knows the exact Gregorian calendar date of Yeshua's birth, but in the northern hemisphere where Christianity first took root it seems to have been decided to celebrate the His birth in the middle of winter because his followers call him the Light of the World and see His advent as the beginning of the victory over sin and evil. Light over darkness.

I love the manorah.

Hilary said...

• Thanks so much, Zuzana. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. :)

• Merisi, we tend to do both also. My kids (now grown) are only half Jewish but I thought I'd just have a bit of fun with it. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

• Cheryl, I think some folks just like to put a lot of creativity into decorating. I suppose they have fun with it. And I believe you about the fruitcake. I'm truly not a hater of the sweet. I just play one on my blog. ;)

• Thank you kindly, Sandra. Very much appreciated. :)

• Sandy, doughnuts! (Said in my best Homer Simpson voice). ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment, Gaelikaa. This link should give you a brief background about Hanukkah. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. :)