Anthony and I woke up very early today to surprise my mama. Since we’re leaving for Australia on Tuesday, the only time we could celebrate our family holidays (Christmas and Hannukah combined in one glorious wintery pudding) is tomorrow. So, we’ve been scrambling to get all our shopping done, etc., but we also have had no time to decorate our tree. Mom has been just as busy as the rest of us, so we decided to put on our little hannukah fairy wings on and get up before light to decorate. Since I still wasn’t feeling 100%, we decided to skip the workout today, though I may hop on the elliptical for a light workout this afternoon. We’ll see.
We started with this…
And proceeded to make a total mess of ornaments. I love this part of the process, however, because it allows me to get reacquainted with so many of the ornaments we’ve had since I was a little girl.
Eventually, with a great deal of grace and sophistication…
We finished up, to a very surprised and happy mom!
To tell the truth, as a Jewish woman, sometimes the fact that my family celebrates Christmas can feel challenging to me. I have a great deal of respect for Christians and for the Holidays they celebrate, and I feel strange hijacking the holiday for the sake of commercialism and simple pleasure. I also feel an element of disrespect towards my own faith, as if I am forgetting who I am by celebrating the holiday.
That being said, I will take any excuse to celebrate with my beautiful family. Especially when I consider the fact that I have no idea where I’ll be for next holiday season, I am choosing to put my reservations away, and just enjoy tomorrow and the joy of the Holiday’s in New York.
I also had a rice cake with almond butter that went unphotographed.
Lunch was an Amy’s frozen Indian meal (again…repetition repetition) with a bowl of leftover zucchini and onion, followed by a bosc pear. Dinner tonight with friends at our neighborhood Mexican restaurant – such fun!
Have a great day!
Question of the Day: What’s your favorite part of the Holiday season?