I love traditions. Some of my best childhood memories are from our family traditions and I want to continue them for my children. We also have traditions from Greg’s family. And since Greg was Jewish, his holiday traditions are a lot different than what I grew up with.
Last week and this week, we are celebrating Chanukah.
I pulled out our menorah, the dreidels (tops) and bought some gelt (chocolate coins) for the girls. I looked up what I was supposed to say online and found this. I kind of remember from watching and listening to Greg so this year I have been lighting the menorah myself each night while the girls watch. I think I may have lit them backwards. Someday I’ll get it right. I’m just learning!
I got the girls a couple little gifts and they exchanged gifts with their cousins over the weekend, played and went swimming together at our hotel. One of the best moments of the weekend was watching Squeaky walk down the hotel hallway holding hands with her big boy cousin who is 9 years old.
For a half second, I thought of stopping our Chanukah traditions because this was Greg’s contribution and I felt a little like a fraud. But really, how could I just stop? It’s another way for us to honor Greg and a wonderful reminder of his, and now OUR family history. And when we light our little menorah, we can remember Daddy lighting the same one. And I can feel Greg watching me, possibly laughing at my Hebrew pronunciation, but I know it would make him happy.
My dad (Papa to the girls) and Cathy battled a snowstorm to be here for an overnight this week to help us set up our Christmas tree. My dad has gone with Greg and I to get a tree for many years and this is something we do every year soon after Thanksgiving.
Last night as I sat at the dinner table chatting with the girls, I watched the menorah candles flicker in the kitchen and the Christmas tree lights twinkle in the living room. Our traditions.
Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and everything in between.
P.S. Did you know that Fiddler on the Roof has been my favorite musical since I was a kid? It’s true. Here’s a bit from the movie. Enjoy!