Sunday, December 25, 2011

8 Nights of Hanukkah December 20-27 - Candle #6


Chanukah always goes so fast, I can't believe that the kids all lit the 6th candle already on their menorahs this evening. Since they're all teens they've done this each holiday for a number of years now and really look forward to it. However, this is the first Festival of Lights holiday for little Dexter, our miniature pinscher, so up until he moved in with us, he had never seen one menorah lit, never mind a whole bunch of them all at once.  Understandably, he has been quite afraid of all the brightness that's intensified each night we light and usually goes in the other room while we kindle the candles.
Dexter decides NOT to Lick the Candles Tonight
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas,

A surprising thing happened tonight, though. The little guy thought he had finally overcome his fears and came right up out of the blue to one of the burning candlelabras on the table and got a little too close to the flames for comfort. Luckily, he wasn't near enough to be hurt in any way, burned, or catch fire, mind you. It's a good thing this pup was smart enough when he felt the heat to back safely away rather than to lick the flickering candles which is what he was getting ready to do when he quickly (and wisely) changed his mind.

After the excitement calmed down, I made some hot spiced apple cider for us and then we watched some videos together while the candles burned in our family room. When the last candle burned out and I was sure it was safe to leave the dog unattended, I went to the kitchen and made my mom's famous sugar cookie recipe. I made the dough as well as rolled and cut it in festive shapes, then one of my daughters and I decorated Hanukkah cookies together till we were both too tired to keep our eyes open.

In the end, it was another holiday night well spent with my family.

Hope Your Chanukah is Just as Sweet...
Decorated Hanukkah Sugar Cookies ready to eat
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas,

New post each night of Hanukkah!

Meanwhile, check out these other 2011 Chanukah posts

Read additional MBE posts from past years for lots of ideas to enhance your holiday: crafts, cooking, baking, activities, and gift ideas. Just enter the word Hanukkah in the search window in right hand column of this blog for lots more content.

How are you and your kids celebrating Hanukkah as a family this year? What traditions do you have from your childhood that you've passed on to your children? Please share in a comment.

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1 comment:

  1. I find your blog intriguing sounds like a families having fun. I'm happy the young man did not get burned. I hope your holidays are fantastic.