It’s Hanukkah!

Hanukkah should be a big deal, if you have toddlers or young children. Why? Because we are all covered up in Christmas. The decorations are dazzling, the music is playing everywhere we go. It is everywhere. As a Jewish parent, Christmas was the worst time of the year because I had to explain why we…

on the 8th night…we got a record player

our last Hanukka gift-to one another-was a cool record player with speakers within, that plays beautifully throughout. did we play Hanukkah songs? nope. we had to have an album to enjoy when the record player came. we picked Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind. I would think that Mumfords would like that their album¬†reflected the Menorah…

turn Christmas decorations into Hanukkah ones…here is how.

i found the bear for Christmas, he was holding a stocking. i found the bunny for easter, he was holding a carrot (i know that a carrot isn’t religious). to make any holiday your own, just find a way to change things you see & love. Even if they are for a holiday you don’t…

the coolest secret paint around

it is enamel paint. it adheres to almost EVERYTHING & comes in amazing colors. AND it’s usually about $1.00 for each color. this was a plain wooden dreidel (I’m Jewish). Should i share my secret? it is cheap nail polish. before you put your nose in the air because you think it isn’t real art…give…

making my OWN dreidels

my dreidel isn’t finished yet…i might share how i made it later. but the coolest part? the ‘stand’ is a Christmas ornament holder-the shape is how we illustrate spinning. the stand gives us (sort of) an illusion of movement. this isn’t intended to be played with, just for pretty. you know…i had to send my…

I am changing how we celebrate Hanukkah.

Pretty audacious, right? well, i am tired of tiptoeing around what is right & wrong with how to celebrate Hanukkah. i grew up in Vermont with two parents, my father is Jewish & my mother converted. We grew up celebrating both Christmas & Hanukkah.¬†we got a Christmas tree. perhaps a day or two before Christmas….

the Dreidel collection…

this collection belongs to a friend of mine. I’ve wanted to photograph it for years. I wish i had done the collection justice. wrong lens, low light. after seeing her collection…some are from Israel others from Ireland. the are gifted one each Chanukah for a wonderful grandmother. i started my own collection, mine are not…

Chanukah & Christmas? yes, both. Sorry

my x husband is Catholic, but while married, we agreed we could raise them as Jews. i always felt so very guilty for having both holiday decorations set up. But the kids LOVED it & i do not blame them, twice the fun. Now i am divorced & the kids & i celebrate Hanukkah only….