Wednesday, December 8, 2010
8 Festive Nights
I am so happy this year with Hanukkah.
With my son going to Hebrew school and learning the traditions of our religion his motto or saying for this year's holiday was, "it's not about the presents." I am so happy that he was able to realize this this year.
We even used a whole box of the candles, actually 2 boxes! We did our candles every night, said our prayers and yes, gave gifts.
It was very nice for all of us to gather around our menorahs, say the prayers, light the candles and even sing songs.
This is what religion is all about to me. The Traditions. Like Tevye says in Fiddler on the Roof, "Tradition!"
When we were getting married the cantor, the one who sings along with the rabbi during services asked my beloved and I if we were religious the two of us basically scoffed at the idea. She had asked us seriously what we felt about religion. The two of us being on the same page said we didn't like how religion, all of them basically told you what you needed to believe in and practice in such a such way. We wanted to (and still do) want to teach our children about the traditions, the history behind our religion and let them decide how much or how little they choose to practice.
We by no means are very strict with our religion but our beliefs are in the right place. We want our children to know where we come from and how to be good people. I think that is what we all strive for, to be good people.
So, this holiday, this year my child showed a true interest in the holiday and what it truly meant and that is the greatest gift of all.
I wish each and ever y one of you a very happy holiday season - Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year.