Candles on the first night of Chanukah
Wishes for days of light in the midst of the darkness and
warmth on the coldest days.
Last night was the first of the eight days of Chanukah. Each night one more candle is lit, until all eight candles in the menorah (Chanukah candle holder) are glowing. Chanukah commemorates a miracle that took place over 2200 years ago. The miracle was a relatively simple one. There was only enough oil to light the sacred menorah in the temple for one night, and yet, miraculously the oil lasted for eight nights.
Centuries later I had the good fortune to join with friends of long standing and celebrate this miracle. We lit candles, said the blessings and ate latkes (potato pancakes). Latkes and jelly doughnuts are the traditional foods of Chanukah. Both treats are cooked in oil and remind us of the Chanukah miracle. I'm remiss in capturing photographs of the latkes. This year's version were unusually light and crispy and every thanks to the chef, my friend, Anita, for her efforts to create perfect latkes.
We've had glorious weather to usher in Chanukah and it looks to last through the week. It won't be a white Christmas, but I'll enjoy the snow in pictures. My goal for the night is to spend more time on cards and do a little present wrapping. What are your evening plans?
As ever, thanks for visiting. Wishes for miracles, large and small!