Most of my readers know from previous posts that I normally despise decorating for holidays. One of my very first posts when I started blogging more than three years ago (that’s about two decades in Blog Years) was about how pitiful my Halloween decorations were/are. I just don’t get into it. I’m a creature of habit, and though it is Scrooge-like, I don’t like the “messiness” of scads of decorations making my already normal daily mess even messier. Get it?
Except on Hanukkah.
Hanukkah! Wow! I used to collect menorahs actively and now have about twenty-ish of them. I also have lots of dreidels, wall hangings, votive candle holders, dishes, linens…the list goes on and on. (and don’t forget Aunt Jemima, of course!)
It is quite a production to decorate for Hanukkah around here, even with all four of us participating. We store everything wrapped up carefully to prevent breakage, so the unwrapping part takes a while, and then there’s the deciding which pieces get places of honor and which just get to fill in the empty spaces. There’s a method to it, folks.
Well, Hanukkah sort of snuck up on us this year. I do enjoy when it starts and finishes ahead of Christmas, but I wasn’t ready this year. I had just realized that this was an early Hanukkah year about four weeks ago, and kicked things into gear to get my shopping done, but didn’t think about decorating, well, at all.
Then Thanksgiving weekend came, and my parents were in town for four days. Monday we were just getting back into the swing of things.
Yesterday, the younger boy sat in the kitchen eating his breakfast, when he suddenly looked at me and said, “You know Hanukkah starts tomorrow night, right?”
I replied, “Yep, I do. I guess we need to get the decorations out tonight, huh!”
He looked at me like I had just asked him to climb Mt. Everest.
“Nah*…let’s not even bother**.”
Oy vey. At least he comes by it honestly.
Happy Hanukkah to all of you who celebrate it!
*And for the record, I put out a couple of menorahs last night.
**Side note: OMG, WHAT HAVE I DONE TO MY CHILDREN???
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