Thursday, January 8, 2009


Our Chanukkah 2008

Fouryearold J interpreting first night of Chanukkah

Kitchen window decorations

What would Chanukkah be without presents...

For when Santa comes down the chimney...

Ginger bread shul - everything's possible.

State of the art

Living room decoration

Latkes for the whole neighbourhood.
First night - 1 candle!

The dinner table

Eigthth night & we're out of white candles so we had to use red - cross culture?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Erev Chanukkah

I actually made it! The house is beautifully decorated and I had made latkes enough for the whole neighbourhood.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


When I was little, I was the only Jewish child in my school. I didn’t attend the religion classes (I had cheder on Wednesday afternoon – yeeha!), I didn’t dress up for St Lucy´s Day and I never went to Christmas events at all. Ever. I was invited, but wasn’t allowed to go.
When we got back to school after Christmas break, my friends were all telling each other what Santa had brought them and of course, I had nothing to add to that discussion.
On the phone with my childhood friend Maria the other day, she told me she had always envied me for getting so many presents for Chanukkah – 8 days of revelling!
Oh well, I guess one always want what one doesn’t have.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Had a lovely evening baking gingerbread with I and J.
Of course, the issue was brought up but it seems like the tree at their (paternal) grandparents' house will do just fine like it always does.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Stressed out

Did I seriously believe I would have the time to update this blog AND plan AND fix everything for this kind of complicated combination of holidays?
I will never, ever again complain when Chanukkah falls at the beginning of December. I will however, start the process in August next year. That's what I'll do.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Lost in translation

This song would probably be all ruined if I translated it into Swedish.
I will just have to keep it for when my kids know English well enough to understand it.

Friday, December 5, 2008


We've been talking about trying to find a really big, beautiful, new Chanukkiah for the past 4-5 years. Accidently, meant as a joke & something we could laugh about, I showed my husband an inflatable one and he just can't get over it.
He wants one.
Picture found here!