Monday, November 5, 2007

Fun Monday #39: The Holiday Tradition edition *edited*

Deborah of the Humble Housewife is our hostess for this week's Fun Monday. She says this:

With the holidays coming up I thought it would be fun to get an insight into holiday traditions in peoples homes. I want you to share a tradition, event, recipe or quirk that you or your family does or aspires to do during the holidays, whether those holidays be Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, or whatever you celebrate! Given that this is a food blog I am especially interested in recipes, but anything will do! Pictures are a plus! Bonus points for Thanksgiving, as I need all the help I can get with that one - as this year my American mother-in-law, brother's girlfriend and her mother are coming!!!

This one actually made me think pretty darned hard.

Because we're Jewish, our family traditions are a little different than many, I would expect. I do enjoy the spirit of the holiday season and the melodies and the decorations, and I love to share them with others ... we just don't have them in our home.

First and foremost, there are the candles. This is the menorah (called a hanukkiah, actually) that I have used for many years. This is how it will look on the last night of Hanukkah, when all nine candles (for the eight nights plus one helper candle) are lit:



Our second family tradition is going to the movies on Christmas Day. It is a big deal with four of my children (J-bear is with her mom on Christmas, so she doesn't enter into it) and the Wonderhubby to pick out just the right movie to see that day. In past years, we have seen "Kate and Leopold" (uh, don't bother), "The Chronicles of Narnia" and even "Dreamgirls." This year we're thinking more along the lines of this:



or even this:



And thank goodness the Roo-girl is over 13 and much more worldly, so we don't have to do this:


Her brothers (and her mother) thank you!

My last offering for my holiday traditions is one that is mine alone, one I don't share with my family, but one that I look forward to all year long:

A Starbucks eggnog latte

*Please, no comments about the calorie and fat content. I know, I know!*




*edited to add: I altered some of the wording to make it clear that I know we have rockin' traditions, but they are DIFFERENT, not not traditional, which was my original poor word choice.*

28 comments:

Lil Mouse (Jill) said...

i think i'm offended that you think your traditions aren't traditions because you're jewish? that's how it ended up sounding. i'm a christian, and i dont care (in a negative way) that you're jewish, actually i think its kind of awesome. because, hey i'm like awesome and wholesome and welcoming like that. dont be putting your traditions down. i think they rock!

janet said...

on the contrary, i love my traditions. i just know they are different from many ... especially many of the bloggers i read. no offense was intended and i think my traditions rock, too. :-)

Tiggerlane said...

I like the Starbucks tradition! The Sweeney Todd movie looks kinda...uh...bloody!

I wish I knew more about the Jewish holiday traditions. They have always interested me.

Junebug said...

Those candles are lovely. Jewish traditions are so interesting and very helpful in studying the Bible. The parables become understandable when viewed from the Jewish perspective and tradition.

susan said...

Honestly, I think that a tradition that is different than everyone elses is way better. Who wants to be a lemming? I really don't know much about Hanukah, but that song about "8 Craaaazy Nights" always makes me feel like I'm missing out on something really great.

For some reaon, the holday season starts for me, when the Starbucks cup logo turns red. I'm currently quite happy with the pumpkin lattes (just like the rest of the lemmings!)

Serina Hope said...

I love to hear about the different ways people celebrate. Your holidays sond wonderful to me. Happy Fun Monday!

Sandy said...

We usually go to the movies after Thanksgiving dinner. A nice, quiet way to let all that food digest!

Sauntering Soul said...

My parents, my younger brother and I normally go to a movie on Christmas Day if we celebrate on Christmas Eve that particular year (we alternate each year so my other brother and his wife can spend the alternate day with her family). This year everything is changing because my parents are in the midst of a divorce. I'm going to miss this tradition with all four of us.

Jenni said...

I love that some of the traditions and holidays are different. It has been so much fun hearing about the ways in which our traditions are *different*. All the same wouldn't be much fun:o) I got to read yours right after reading about Guy Fawkes Day and Boxing Day. What a fun and educational Fun Monday!

And I have to ask, is Adam Sandler's Hannukah Song offensive or just funny to you? I always wonder what Jewish people think of it (though he is Jewish too) though I know the answer is probably that it depends on the individual. I know other Christians who are offended by Life of Brian, but we think it's hilarious;o)

-Ann said...

Rockin' traditions indeed! We always try to go to a movie on Christmas night because, really, there's only so much family togetherness time that a family can take.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I was always somewhat jealous of my Jewish friend, cause they get 8 great nights of presents. And, I love your menorah. I am glad you actually celebrate the holidays. I admit I haven't known so many Jews, having gone to Catholic school, but the ones I did know were agnostic. And, after mass, the families, and "stuff", we sometimes wind down Christmas night with a movie, too.

Karmyn R said...

I was always jealous of my Jewish friends too - because they got to open 8 gifts and I usually got 2.

It has been interesting reading everyone's traditions....a Movie on Christmas Day, believe it or not - we've done that too a few times!

Amy W said...

I think I am the only one on Earth excited about the National Treasures movie...

ChrisB said...

Your Menorah looks beautiful. We tend to take in a movies in the week following Christmas.

Beckie said...

Sounds good to me and way more traditional than what we do.

I like your idea about the Starbucks...I could go for one right about now.

Robinella said...

Oh if only my kids were old enough, National Treasure would be our pick. I can't wait to see it!

Thanks for sharing your traditions.

mjd said...

Janet you have beautiful new look to the planet. We occasionally see movies on Christmas Day too. On with the rockin' traditions.

FeeFiFoto said...

I love going to the movies on Xmas. Take a look at my post for today -- I wrote about our family's tradition of buying a new menorah or dreidel for the kids every year.

Blue Momma said...

The menorah looks so pretty. My husband and I aren't terribly religious, but he LOVES candles. I think if he saw the pic he'd be looking for a synagogue for us!!!

I enjoyed your story, as always!! Still liking the new layout, too!

my4kids said...

I like the idea of a movie on Christmas day. We live in a little town in Alaska though and I'm not sure anything is open that day!

dawn said...

Well, we don't actually celebrate Christmas either, just get together with family because we have the days off. The candle is beautiful and I enjoyed reading about someone who isn't doing the same things as others.

BS said...

Each year I look forward to seeing the lit Menorah just outside the Pageant of Peace / National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC. I love the way they recognize the different religions at the same location.

melodyann said...

You jews rock.....

Deborah said...

I love your Menorah with all the coloured candles. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing Janet! A little rum in that latte would warm any winter up a bit! ;-)

The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Finally someone who blogged the topic well. (Who cares about how families celebrate holidays - its all the same- food, loved ones, dysfnctional tension, etc. What I wanted to read about were individualized traditions. The processional bringing in of the Garden Gnomes, the commnuning with the Pleiades, the meditation on the couch in front of an old Billy Wilder film. Sweeney Todd on the 25th - now that sounds like a worthwhile tradition!

theotherbear said...

That Starbucks coffee sounds good. I might have to try that this year.

Dallas said...

I'm reading FM late - your menorah (which I did not know it was actually called hanukkiah) is very beautiful with the different colored candles.

cate said...

i love your traditions! it's so neat to hear about other people's holiday traditions, whether from different religions or from different countries...we're all so different, and it's so cool!

i'm Christian, but being of Danish background, our traditions are different from North American Christians.

and i also had no idea that the menorah is actually called a hanukkiah!

thanks for sharing! :)

 
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