Shalom My Holiday Child!
I am so excited to virtually welcome you into our home for these next 8 lovely nights! Now, would you mind if I put you to work peeling potatoes? The latkes will be so delicious! I warn you, though, I usually set off the fire alarm at least once frying these babies up! Do you prefer sour cream or applesauce? I’m team sour cream myself, but the applesauce is homemade and very tasty. Be sure to let me know what food you are looking forward to, I’ll make sure to make it for dinner one of these nights!
The holidays can be rough for many people and being two minorities, LGBTQ and Jewish, might feel very isolating for you, but you must know you are not alone. You are loved. So very loved. I think about you often, and after these 8 nights have passed (and hopefully filled you with love and light!) you are always welcome here, virtually in our home. When I light the Shabbat candles, I think of you and hope you’re well. Friday nights there will always be a spot open for you at our table!
Now, for the gifts! Please make a list of things you have been wanting. There is a movie themed night, so make sure to put down a couple to choose from. I also love to give books, so if you have any you are thinking of, put them down too. We like to have a game night. Do you have a favorite game to play? I’m partial to Monopoly myself. We have a charity night too, so we will be headed to the store to buy some toys for giving.
You are welcome to take the lead with lighting the menorah and we can say the blessings together. Let’s just stand here for a bit and admire the beautiful glowing light. So calming, warm, and welcoming. I find so much peace looking into the light of the menorah. I think that is one of my favorite parts of Hanukkah, basking in the loving glow of the candles, knowing that there are other Jews doing the same thing with me, all over the world. We are all one at that moment. I’m so glad your here to share that moment with me.
Are you up for playing some dreidel? You can pick one out, I have some wooden ones and a variety of those colored plastic ones. We also have an endless supply of chocolate gelt too!
I hope you have had your fill of potato pancakes, and there are some jelly donuts too if you are interested. I’m really going to miss your company, you are such a great person to be around, and I value our time together so much. I would be so proud to call you my child, the world is blessed to have you in it. Always know you have a safe space here with me. You are loved.
Wishing you love, light, and shalom,
You holiday Ima (mom) – Sarah