On the first night of…

On the eighth crazy night, when the Menorah was ablaze with the miracle of Hanukkah… Oy, we should only make it to the eighth night! Nu, at least they make good birthday candles too.

On the first night of Hanukkah, my kinder, they said to me, “When will we go get our Christmas tree?”

On the second night of Hanukkah, the maideleh’s, they asked for Santa, so I asked my Mrs.,  “Please! Pass me more Mylanta?”

On the third night of Hanukkah, this came from the mouth of my Little, “What’s with those latkes burning on the griddle?”

On the fourth night of Hanukkah, Big, she said outright, “This is what happens for eight crazy nights?

By the fifth night of Hanukkah, the menorah was buried on the shelf. Mensch on the Bench has nothing over that meshuggeneh elf!

By the sixth night of Hanukkah, we did homework and gai schluffin; the mention of dreidel sent the kinder a-runnin’

By the seventh night of Hanukkah, our Christmas stockings were all lined up. Hanukkah, jeez… why am I dreying my kup?

By the eighth night of Hanukkah, clearly not going as planned. Us Jews, we must schmooze and do a total re-brand.

So for all who may attempt the menorah with delight, have fun, nosh on latkes, and to all a good night.

Yiddish proverb:

If grandma had a beard, she would be grandpa. Oyb di bobe volt gehat a bord, volt zi geven a zeyde.

That’s Hanukkah in a Christmas world. All is good.

A bei gezunt! In good health!

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45 thoughts on “On the first night of…

  1. Hannukah? Already?

    Here’s how it works in our house: My recovering Southern Methodist of a partner buys the candles, watches for the the start of the holiday, gets it wrong, and lights the candles (mostly). I go along with it because the candles are pretty. And because why not. I gave her the menorah for a Christmas present one year. If it were food, it’d be called fusion. It’s not, so I’m not sure what we call it, but we celebrate Christmas with about equal solemnity.

    And a merry whatever to you and yours.

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  2. It’s lovely that you are trying to teach them the traditions, even though it might be painstaking at times! We do the same here, we are Catholic and celebrate Christmas but we really try to show them that it’s not all just about Santa and the gifts. I really want them to know what the celebration is actually about so I bring them into the Church often during the month of December to visit the crib. You don’t want to lay it on too strong for fear of boring them but it is nice to try and incorporate these old and beautiful traditions into their lives. You are enriching them! Happy Hanukkah Lisa!

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    1. Thank you, Tracey. They are more excited than I make them out in the poem. Just tough to beat Santa. Good for you sharing the real meaning behind the holiday. It’s not all materialism, we gotta have and share heart! 😘


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  4. Kids so love tradition don’t they. If I dare stray a teeny bit from the norm there is so much uproar ! I secretly love our traditions too though #blogcrush

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