put on your yarmulke

1 Dec

This was the first night of Hanukkah last year:

I was about to burst, we kind of half-assed it. My celebratory glass of wine put me right to sleep.

This year, we were (almost) totally ready at sunset. Presents wrapped, food cooking, baby’s new mama-made kippah loosely attached to whatever wispy hairs we could snag.

George helped to light the candles. He ate some of the challah we ran all over town to find this afternoon.
Mama got a new calendar; Papa got a new coat.

We learned that one of us doesn’t like couscous

But really likes paper bags.

This Hanukkah, when we celebrate miracles, I am most thankful that this — my commonplace — feels so miraculous.

thumbs up for hanukkah

Happy Holidays.

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9 Responses to “put on your yarmulke”

  1. cara December 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    this is wonderful! happy holidays to you and your sweet family. i feel privileged to know you guys.

  2. Autumn December 1, 2010 at 11:20 pm #

    Ah! This is so sweet and beautiful and HOLY SKINNY LADY! That last picture is all kinds of cute/beautiful.

  3. Autumn December 1, 2010 at 11:21 pm #

    ps. George’s thumbs up or possibly gun gesture is priceless.

  4. Yolanda December 1, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    יום־טובֿ גוט my favorite little family! I hope to see you soon!(also, the couscous has me literaloling!

  5. jen December 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Happy Hanukkah! I was about to be very impressed by your challah-making skills, but couscous, presents, and candles at sunset is still far more together than I was.

  6. veryveryfine December 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    1. aut, any appearance of thinness can be attributed to the angle, as i’m sure you are aware…you know, seeing me in real life all the time and everything.
    2. jen, the mere idea that i could make challah is sadly laughable. last time i tried to make bread, i didn’t even get past the first rising. :(
    3. yolanda, you’re going to be in SF for george’s bday party, huh? boo, hiss. sending you an invite anyway.

  7. Dee December 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Doesn’t like couscous?? Happy Hanukkah! (Today’s the last day, right?)

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