Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

You may have seen a menorah, heard a song about a dreidel, seen golden chocolate coins for sale, or have heard bits and pieces about the holiday of Hanukkah.   I grew up celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas since my mother and stepdad adhere to Reform Judaism. Most of what I remember is losing a lotContinue reading “Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!”

Another Happy Ending

It’s Christmas time. It’s that time of year where we appreciate our families, our friends, and avoid stepping on the scale to avoid seeing the consequences of holiday sweets and feasts. It’s the time of lights, food, festivities, snow in some places and nostalgic movies. Now, be honest, how many Hallmark or ultra-cheesy Christmas moviesContinue reading “Another Happy Ending”

The Story Behind Silent Night

I love singing Christmas songs. Some have gotten old, some have become annoying yet I still find myself humming, “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas,” while doing the dishes, and some are enchanting like the hymn Silent Night. The text below comes from the third stanza and has been sung to celebrate the birth ofContinue reading “The Story Behind Silent Night”