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The Collision of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving

November 19, 2013

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This year, the first night of Hanukkah (or Chanukah, for those able to gargle while speaking) arrives on the evening before Thanksgiving. For Jews in the US, this presents the need for a serious reordering of brain cells. Hanukkah (literal translation: The Holiday We Get, Because Everyone Else gets Christmas) has, for thousands of years […]

Being Chanukah in A Christmas World

December 2, 2011

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(The following is the fifth in my new series, “Old Posts to Dredge out on Slow Weekends Because When I Posted Them Originally People Cared More About the Economy and World Peace Than My Blog.” Although nothing has changed, it’s the start of a slow weekend.) When I was little, I wanted Christmas.  I didn’t care that […]

Cloudy With A Chance of Children

December 11, 2010

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Life in the Boomer Lane is getting ready for the kids to descend on the house for the holidays (As she writes this, Jorge/George, the normally tree-climbing lawn guy, is dragging the ladder out of the garage so he can string the interior holiday lights.) Technically, they will be celebrating Chanukah, which will have already been over […]

Being Chanukah in a Christmas World

December 8, 2010

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When I was little, I wanted Christmas.  I didn’t care that Chanukah was eight days long, since I only got one present. People never talked about Chanukah.  Everything out there in the world was Christmas, Christmas, Christmas.  The stores were all filled with trees and lights, Santas were on every corner ringing bells, my elementary […]

Chanukah Cookies a la Jonah (17 months) and NeNe (62 years and 17 months)

December 3, 2010

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Chanukah Cookies a la Jonah (17 months) and NeNe (62 years and 17 months)  ½ cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 beaten egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 ½ cups flour ¼ tsp salt 1 ½ tsp baking powder (This recipe is supposed to make 40 2” cookies, but Jonah and NeNe could only get about […]