Welcome to the last Slice of Life Tuesday for 2008. See more at Two Writing Teachers.
Chanukah ’08 ended on Sunday but not without one last explosion of lights.
When I was younger, I enjoyed lighting the candles, but they were the ceremonial means to the gift at the end of the last blessing.
There’s been a profound shift in the last few years. Who cares about the “gift”? Just lighting the candles on this very cool menorah that I found about 5 years ago in a ceramics shop in Nyack, is enough for me, especially as we get to the 6’th, 7th and 8th night and then create candle bonfire. I rush to shut off the electric and with candles that last for over an hour, it’s a pleasure to linger in the kitchen, to enjoy the natural light.
Of course the menorah is now back on its shelf, but I remember the moments and look forward to Chanukah 2009 for our next “gifts” of