Making Memories…

December 13, 2012

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.

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  • TBM December 13, 2012 at 3:29 am

    I wish you many happy memories. Happy holidays!

    • Susi December 13, 2012 at 7:24 am

      Thank you. The same to you!

  • Hilary December 13, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Sorry, I should comment on the post and the picture, but all I can think to say is sweetheart didn’t shave???

    • Corey December 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

      I haven’t been given permission yet….

      • Susi December 13, 2012 at 11:18 am

        You’ll never get permission. You’ll just have to do it and deal with the dirty looks!!!!! 😉

    • Susi December 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Hilary, nope, not yet. But I think, today may be the day. he has to renew his license!!! 🙁

  • Galit Breen December 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Oh how I love the way you wove your story here, and are doing the same for your kids! Love!

    • Susi December 13, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Thank you, Galit. Looking at that picture just made it all come together for me.

  • Beth Ann Chiles December 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

    What a sweet picture and what a lovely story!!! Those memories you are making with your children will be remembered. When our boys were little they had great grandparents around even if they were not living close. We spent as much time with them as we could and they do have some pretty sweet memories of a couple of them which we just talked about at Thanksgiving. They are making memories and you are giving them such a gift!!!

    • Susi December 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

      It’s amazing what kids can remember. Even as young as my boy was the last time we saw my grandma, he can still remember certain things. I wish, they could have had more time with her.

  • Alison December 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

    How wonderful that your children can get to spend time and make memories with their great grandmother – that IS a privilege.

    • Susi December 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Alison, I think so too.

  • brenda December 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

    My kids always got hanukah and christmas as well… hanukah with me and christmas with their dad. They would get 8 presents and then Christmas morning get whatever was under the tree….
    I did not raise them with anything else in the Jewish Tradition although the rest of my family is.
    It was surprising to me this year when my son asked for a menorah to continue the tradition for his young son….
    Thanks for stopping by!

    • Susi December 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Brenda, we do pretty much all the holidays with grandma. It’s wonderful that your son wants to keep the tradition going. It is part of his heritage after all.

  • Kate F. December 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    My children all got to meet there great-grandpa. And two of them were old enough to remember spending time with him. I will always cherish that. Always.

    • Susi December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Kate, that’s wonderful. I feel the same way – obviously!!! 🙂

  • Darcie December 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Wishing you and your family joy over the holidays!

    • Susi December 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Darcie, thank you. Wishing you and yours the same.