My youngest enjoyed lighting the candles. We lit them each night, but didn't do much else. For the first night, we had friends over and ate some latkes, jelly donuts, and some other yummy food. Since everyone knows Hanukkah as a "Jewish" holiday, it's hard to make them see the connection to Jesus. He is the center of it all, and it's truly a beautiful thing. My intentions were to teach the kids about the significance of Hanukkah to us as Christians, but for some reason, it didn't work out that way. There was one distraction after another and I just never was able to pull it all together. We'll get there, eventually, though. Maybe next year. They have a little taste of it for now, at least.
Once Hanukkah was over, we proceeded with Christmas festivities. I waffled back and forth about whether to put up a tree or not. If it were just me, I wouldn't. But my husband and my kids aren't there yet, and I didn't want to ruin it for them. Besides, at this point in my journey, there's a big part of me that still loves the lights, the music, and all the trimmings. I know that in time, God will lead us where He wants us to be as far as this celebration goes. After all, Christmas didn't come about over night and it won't change over night, either.
This is the first year that I didn't pull out all my decorations. Most of them are still in the closet up in the attic. We went understated and fairly simple this year.
This is a simple candle holder that I put on our kitchen table. I thought the sparkle in the flames was share-worthy.
Some little treas I found at Wal-Mart a few years ago. We put them in the center of the dining room table.
My daughter and I made some cookies yesterday...they're scrumptious.
With so many areas, including the Holy Land, receiving massive amounts of snow recently, it's a little disappointing that we didn't get any, but that's par for the course in the south. We did, however, receive a good bit of frost.
It almost looks like snow...and usually when it does snow here, we don't get a whole lot more coverage than this. Still pretty.
I leave you with this thought, and I will take this to heart myself at this season of the year, with so many questions in my heart:
"But it is the spirit in a person, the breath from Shaddai [God Almighty], that gives him understanding." Job 32:8