Postponed Chanukah

We were about ready to put away our holiday decorations when we remembered that we hadn’t yet finished! Mama and I had postponed our candle lighting on the 7th and 8th nights of Chanukah this year due to health reasons. We fully planned to reschedule our traditions after a week or so, but it didn’t…

Lighting Chanukah candles with friends

For the fourth night of Chanukah this evening, Mama and I joined a couple of friends to light candles and celebrate. We sang prayers and a song, and we played a hilarious game of driedel with gelt and mini porcelain figurines. Our colorful, paper crowns from the Chanukah crackers added to the festivities. We enjoyed…

Recycled candles

Last year I made giant candles in mason jars and hung them from a tree in our garden as a finishing touch for a special celebration. Mama said it felt like a summer garden party out of Sunset magazine. I couldn’t have been more pleased with such a compliment! But then I left the candles…

A San Francisco Chanukah

Happy Chanukah! Tonight is the fourth night of the festival of lights. Check out the side-by-side Chinese cuisine across the street. Oh how I miss you, San Francisco. I took this colorful holiday photo from my apartment window several years ago. I lived in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset, a wonderful neighborhood filled with excellent and…