a once in a while Hanukah celebration

We always light the candles for Hanukah but this year Miss M also requested a Hanukah meal.  I don’t make a special Hanukah meal every year and it has been a while since the last one, so I got to celebrate with fun food along with lighting the candles this year.     Of course I took photos along the way so come along and see how this family celebrates Hanukah.  First, a photo for every night we lit the candles, except one because there were only two and both were bad!

My Hanukah meal consisted of roast chicken, potato latkes, noodle kugel and carrots in a maple/orange juice sauce.  One word: Delish! I’m kicking myself because I forgot to take a photo of the chicken!  But I did get some nice ones of the other food.

I always make rugelach every year as they’re my favorite holiday cookie.  A mixture of currants, honey, nuts, sugar and cinnamon rolled up into a butter/cream cheese/flour dough, then brushed with cream and a dusting of sugar.  Yum, yum, yum.

In this house we celebrate both Hanukah and Christmas, one because it’s my heritage, the other is due to my beliefs.  I also look forward to and celebrate the solstice.  The days have a little more light and now we’re moving in that direction again.  It always makes me feel better for some reason.  And it gives me the strength to get through the winter.  Spring will come again!!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy New Year!!

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19 responses to “a once in a while Hanukah celebration

  1. It all looks lovely! My warmest wishes for ongoing joy through this cozy holiday season. Hugs, Gina

  2. Toby, I hope you had a joyous holiday(s). Thanks for the suggestions on stuff to cook, especially the cookies. Best wishes in 2015 and have a peaceful rest of the year. BTG

  3. Susan

    Scrumptious!! Wish you could send some my way!

  4. What a nice post, Tobyo :) I love to see tradition. Do you stick to kosher food throughout the year, or not? Very best wishes for 2015!

    • Thanks Jo! nope, don’t do kosher anything. My aunt used to keep kosher because of my grandmother (Baubie) who lived with her. Hanukah is actually the only thing I do from my Jewish heritage. best wishes to you to for the new year!!

  5. Love this series of photos! We also celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. I love that last photo of the menorah reflected in the mirror. I hope your holidays were wonderful, and send best wishes for a Happy New Year!

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