Well that wasn’t exactly how I had planned on spending our first night of Hannukah. It hadn’t been as much of an importance to me in prior years. O was 1 year old last Hannukah and Jake was just 3 months. Neither one of them would’ve had any idea about what a holiday is. Although I will say O did like seeing the lit candles last year.
So this year with O, 2 and ½ and Jake now over 1 I felt I wanted them to start to understand a little more about the traditions of both The Boss and my holiday’s. Now keep in mind I’m struggling to get that excitement going for Hannukah. We don’t have Santa, we have a Menorah. There’s no “Jingle Bells” or mistletoe or reindeer. Heck we don’t even get a tree! Well some say we get a Hannukah bush but that’s just weird to me and I’d rather not talk about bush. Where was I? Oh right…So last night it was really important for me that we light the first candle! We always kept a small menorah in our kitchen, stuffed in one of the cabinets with a bigger one that we rarely used packed away somewhere in our attic. Well, I looked and looked and looked and nothing. No Menorah!!! How can we have a Hannukah without a Menorah? You can’t! So O was all excited about lighting the Menorah and I had to tell her we had none.
Way to go Dad!!
I quickly changed the topic over to, “Okay guys we’re going to open up gifts and Skype with Bubby and Zadie!” Bubby and Zadie is Yiddish for Grandma and Grandpa. O is old enough to know what gifts are and both her and Jake were excited, quickly forgetting about the Menorah. So we go to open up our first gift that happened to be a family gift. I opened up the box and quickly recognized what was in it. It happened to be a Menorah I had always wanted! It was a Disney themed Menorah with Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto! I’ve always liked Disney stuff and most Menorahs are so boring! You know what I’m talking about?
Hannukah would be restored and we’ll get to light the first candle!
Well, before I could pull it out of the box, I noticed something was terribly wrong. Half of it was shattered in pieces! It turns out it wasn’t packaged very well. In fact, it was packaged pretty poorly. I felt sooooo bad! Just pulling out a gift that your parents bought you only to show them it’s broken is a crappy feeling. I felt so bad for them! Then of course, I was bummed cause we could’ve restored Hannukah for O and Jake and brought a Menorah to life with the shining light of the first candle! Geez, that sounded all glorified, huh?
Well, Jake got some blocks on his first night of Hannukah and O wound up getting a very cool digital camera made for little ones! All in all it was a fun night. We got to spend it together eating dinner with latkes (potato pancakes), seeing my parents, and putting big smiles on O and Jake’s faces. Most importantly we were together. We may have beheaded Mickey, Donald, and Goofy….We may have not had one candle lit on a Menorah…we did have one thing though. We had family.
Happy Hannukah everyone and here’s hoping the next 7 nights are just a little less crazy!