Remember when I said I wanted to share one more picture with you for my Picture Perfect Weekly link-up? But decided to use it instead for Allison’s and Galit’s Memories Captured link-up? Yeah, this is it!
I love this photo because for a change it has all 5 of us and grandma in the picture. It’s a rarity to get a family picture like this. Our lovely waiter was kind enough to snap this for us at Hanukkah dinner Saturday night.
Grandma will get a beautifully edited copy of this in a nice frame from Santa and I think, I’ll make one for myself as well.
Yes, we celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas.
I grew up with Christmas and so the tradition continues but I also want my children to be aware of their heritage and Hanukkah is part of that heritage.
We don’t do presents for 8 nights. (I think, that would just be too much!) The kids get one thing from great-grandma for Hanukkah the night we meet for a traditional dinner. This year it happened to be some Hanukkah “gelt”. When they were younger they usually got a nicely wrapped toy.
We also light the candles on the menorah. We have three (menorahs) and they come out the same time all the Christmas decorations do.
It’s so important to me that the children make these memories with their great-grandma. It’s one of the perks of being a young parent. A lot of their friends never had the pleasure of knowing their great-grandparents and in some ways I think, they are missing out on this connection to the past.
I vaguely remember my own two great-grandmas and I’m happy to have had the chance to know them.
Just last week, when we were visiting my mom, I told my youngest the story of how I would stand in front of the China cabinet that’s in my mom’s den but was in great-grandma’s living room back in the day and gently scratch against the door and wait. I knew, that in that one special drawer, chocolate was always waiting for a visitor. Eventually, great-grandma would take pity on me and let me turn the key to get that one precious piece of chocolate.
My kids are making their own memories with their great-grandma. Whenever we are at the house my girls love going through all the things on her desk. She keeps an old adding machine there that they just love to play with. The girls also like to head to her closet and look through her huge assortment of purses, or pocket books as grandma calls them.
I hope, that when they are older that they will remember these little things just as fondly as I remember my times with my great-grandma.