Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Hanukkah Celebration

First, I should remind everyone we are not Jewish, but we celebrate Hanukkah (we aren't really Christian and we celebrate Christmas - we see it the same). It started over a decade ago as a "theme" party over the holidays (to do something different) and has grown into a true celebration. We have Hanukkah dishes, decorations, books, music and toys.  We eat a brisket type dish, latkes (one of my favourite foods in the world),  green beans with peppers and pine nuts and donuts. This year Man did up some deep fried Brussel Sprouts. Those are a new favourite.

This year is an extra special Hanukkah because it was my niece Maggie's first Hanukkah. Maggie and I are exchanging 8 crazy nights of Hanukkah gifts (plus she will get some Christmas gifts from us too - she may be a little spoiled). We opened the first one early on the weekend (because Hanukkah started on Tuesday night and with everyone else's holiday schedule we decided to have it the weekend before). We will open the rest on the correct night.

Hanukkah is probably my favourite holiday of the year.

Here are a couple of my favourite pictures.

Posing by the Hanukkah Tree

Maggie opening her first gift - Phod looks on and Emma helps out

Maggie - she is 6 months old now


  1. Oh that Maggie is a real Cutie Pie
    Happy first Hanukkah Maggie
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. Maggie is a sweet little cabbage patch doll!!!!! Happy First Hanukkah Maggie!

    Hugs, Sammy

  3. Hari Om
    Loving the logic here! Oh you have a darling cousin 'Phod!.. hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. we heard Blue is the color for Hanukkah this year too so your tree is perfect. Looks like the little one if loving the attention

  5. We think it's a splendid idea that you celebrate both! Maggie looks like she's having a great time and is a real cutie pie. Nothing wrong with spoiling her a little here and there.

    You two look mighty dashing in your blue bandanas.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  6. I love the idea of celebrating all the holidays. We do a little of that, too.

  7. That is nice to celebrate all the holidays and your tree looks fabulous and little Maggie looks so sweet. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. I think everyday should be a celebration anyway. Enjoy guys.
    Luvs Freya Rose Blossom X

  9. Happy Hanukkah furiends!

    Nuk & Isis

  10. Aaaaahhhhhhh, what a cutie!! I think it's great to explore different holidays!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  11. So in other words you get tons of presents
    Lily & Edward

  12. how great that you made the first Hanukkah so special for Maggie. And it's gret that you celebrate the fest of lights like we do. we are also not jewish, but I think to celebrate together is the best way to understand and respect each other :o)
    Easy Rider

  13. Little Maggy is BEAUTIFUL...
    We love that you celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas ... it is wonderful to honor the traditions and beliefs of others... it makes the WORLD a happier and more Understanding and respectful place.. BRAVO to you fur doing it SO WELL.

  14. That baby is a true cutie, we love seeing your pictures.
    stella rose

  15. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos! They are marvelous!! Maggie is just too cute! I also love that you "see both holidays as being the same" I think that is a beautiful way to view them. ((((hugs)))) Enjoy the rest of your "Eight Crazy Nights!!"

  16. That's a lot of gifts to buy. Enjoy your dual celebrations.

  17. What a wonderful tradition! Little Maggie is so cute!
    Mr Bailey & Hazel

  18. Maggie is getting so big! What a precious girl she is! We love that first picture and how you celebrate!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  19. Oh My Dog!!!!! That is SO adorable!!!!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  20. Thata awesome that you have such a good time with Haunkkah and Christmas, and the whole family gets involved!

    The Mad Scots

  21. Hot dogs you look fab in your festive scarves
    Madi your bfff

  22. You need a Mensch On A Bench to celebrate Hanukkah. Why the guy who invented it lives in my city and he was on the show Shark Tank last week and sold it for losts of green papers. Lookin good in your blue. Phod did you ever find your favorite ball that you left in the woods?
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  23. OMD, your niece is a CUTIE PATOOOOOTIE!!!!! I sure hopes that she has the most FABulous Hanukkah evers!!!! Oh, that pic is PAWSOME!!! You guys are just gorgeous!!!
    Oh, I sure hopes you guys get lots of pressies over the next 8 nights!!!
    Ruby ♥

  24. Mollie is a real doll!
    Thats cool that you celebrate both festivities,,,, it makes more love in the world.

  25. Mollie is such a cutie pie!!! I love the picture of the two of you by the tree.

    Loveys Sasha

  26. A friend who is Jewish sent out this prayer. I will pass it on. I think it's lovely:

    We have arrived together to chase away the darkness that surrounds us
    each of us in our hands has a light from our internal flame
    each of us alone and by ourselves are a small but bright light
    but when we join together with purpose we are a powerful and towering light
    that illuminates a path through the opaqueness and uncertainty ahead
    so the darkness will flee from the faces of our radiant lights


    Bart, Ruby and Otto

  27. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! You too look so beautiful and handsome in your Hanukkah bandanas! And look at your adorable tiny human! Did you give many licks?


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