Christmas Tree Decorating Party for Hanukkah on Shabbat
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Christmas Tree Decorating Party for Hanukkah on Shabbat

Happy Hanukkah! It’s a pretty special one this year. I have quite the collection of handmade menorahs from over the years and it’s a beautiful sight to see them all lit up with love.

You know me, I never discriminate and we celebrate everything… I think I’ve explained that story a thousand times. Last night we bought our Christmas tree, which we will decorate after a big family Shabbat dinner. That’s just how my big blended, eclectic family does it.

I love the sound of Christmas music playing through out my house, everybody helps to decorate the tree and I’ll make the kid’s favorite hot chocolate with marshmallows and chocolate chips on the bottom. I doubt I’ll be up on the high ladder this year but David will string the lights and the kids will all get to put their artistic touch on our bush. It’s one of my favorite days of the year.

I’ve had an interesting week, healing, reflecting, appreciating life – but also getting the chance to do a lot of things I never get to do… like, a whole lot of nothing 🙂

I’ve already read one book, I’m about to start The Red Tent and I’ve almost finished the Showtime hit series Homeland. I was starting to get a bit of cabin fever and finally got out of the house yesterday.

I think this is the first time I haven’t exercised in two weeks in my whole life, but for good reasons. My doctor says I’ll have a green light by next week. I must admit I’m missing the sweat and that being a couch potato would never work for me, but it’s definitely a change of pace and probably a blessing in disguise.

My mother-in-law has been staying with me, so we’ve been doing one hour French lessons every day, which you know was on my bucket list and I plan to finally knock it out this year. We’ve converted all the kids movies to French only and I’m bound and determined to get it done. I even started my first painting, which I totally enjoyed. Amazing what a little time on my hands allows.

Nothing else really new – just eating, watching TV, going to bed early. I’ve hung up my driving hat for the rest of the year and no work on the horizon. Kinda nice, kinda strange but it is what it is.

I should be back to normal by next week and it’s a good thing because I’m planning a huge Christmas dinner at my house, hopefully bigger and better than ever. I sort of feel like it’s payback in a big way because everyone in my family has been so generous and so good to me and has taken the absolute best care of me that I ever imagined possible.

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