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Light in the dark.

happy hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah!

Marc has been sick in bed with tonsilitis the past couple days, so Lily and I have lighted the menorah. I hope I did it correctly! I said the blessing too. I had wanted to make a Hanukkah dinner, but it’s hard when the holiday starts on a weekday; I thought about doing it this weekend but Lily is going to be at my in-laws, and I’m not going to all that trouble for just Marc and I. Plus, since he’s been sick, I don’t know how much he would be in the mood for a holiday dinner. oh well. I’ll plan better next year.

I found this really great site on Judaism – Chabad.org. It seems to be geared towards Orthodox Judaism, at least it seems that way to me – it’s pretty intense. But very interesting and helpful. I’m not Jewish myself – that would be Marc’s family – but I’m interested in learning more. Marc’s family celebrates the holidays, but I wouldn’t say they are particularly religious.

I’ve been reading my Bible starting from Genesis, and I’m up to Joshua now. I’ve been curious about the stories about the Jews, and Moses, and have been wondering a lot lately about Judaism, and the Torah, and the beliefs.

So to find a website like Chabad is great, and I can’t wait to get into it some more.

I haven’t been able to get Lily to play dreidel yet, and I skipped the gelt because, um, I just didn’t get around to getting any! But I did give her (and Julian) a Hanukkah gift. I found this cute cupcake baking set at Barnes & Noble – sized just for little girls, so I got that for Lily, which she loved – I knew she would want to make something immediately, but it was too late in the evening to start that kind of thing. Also gave her two activity books. And for Julian the new Bobby Flay Throwdown cookbook.

Wishing everyone a lovely holiday!


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I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and Hanukkah (for those who celebrate them, anyway). Mine were wonderful – I am blessed with a loving, fun, and generous family.

My husband gave me some very cool gourmet chocolates by MarieBelle. Each chocolate is handcrafted from the finest natural ingredients, and the top of each delectable treat offers an artistic rendition of a unique retro-inspired scene or design. Flavors range from the traditional (butter caramel and coconut) to the unusual (champagne – yummy! and gianduja – I don’t know what that is). These are fun chocolates – just ask my daughter.

Here are a few of them:
MarieBelle chocolates

I received my ATC’s from the Artella Holiday Memories swap a week ago but hadn’t had a chance to post them, so here they are:

Artella 2008 Holiday Memories ATC Swap

I love the variety. From top left clockwise the artists are: Jan’ice Rogers, Cheryl Richards, Karen Solliday, and Pamela Tucker.

For Christmas I made necklaces for my sister and sister-in-law. They are the same as the crystal pendant necklace I made for myself a couple months ago (mine was the test drive!).

The one for my sister:
Julie's Christmas gift 2008

And the one for my sister-in-law (this one is exactly the same as the one I made for myself):
Erin's Christmas gift 2008

And here is the collage I made for my Mom:
Mom's Christmas gift 2008

This was my grandmother’s older sister Charlotte, for whom my Mom is named. Charlotte was killed in a car accident a couple months after graduating high school. My grandmother was only seven at the time. She remembers Charlotte as being very sweet and calling her “my sugar cookie”. My mom spent a good deal of time last year researching the details of the accident because my grandmother’s memory was a bit hazy.

And then there were a bunch of photos of Charlotte in a box of old family photos my Mom lent to me, and I also found her commencement card and a thank-you note she had written to one of her aunts shortly before she died, thanking her for a graduation present. So looking at these photos and other items and knowing my Mom’s interest in her inspired me to create a collage in honor of her.

I’m happy with how it turned out. I did a bit of sewing on this one, which I love to do. And I didn’t use any glitter glue – I wanted the collage to be more serious, and not glitzy. The buttons represent history and the connections that female family members have to each other. I’ve read many a blog entry or magazine article where the author mentions how she treasures a button box given to her by her mother or grandmother.

I suspect not many people would recognize the evocative power of a button.

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