Two Brides

December 23, 2008, 5:47 pm
Filed under: decoration

This is my first Hanukkah as a married lady and as an official Jew. When I converted I talked a lot with my Rabbi about my nervousness about one thing: a christmas tree. Call it stupid, but it represented to me my past and tradition. I wanted it but at the time wanted to sweep it under the rug, after all, Jews don’t have trees and I wanted to be an official Jew.

My Rabbi felt it was silly to throw out the baby with the bathwater and urged me to keep traditions that are important to me. A tree is conflicting for me and Natalie. It’s something assimilated Jews do…as a way to not be Jewish and to ‘get ahead’. So it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I’m very very proud to be Jewish. But as someone with seasonal affected disorder- any kind of light in the middle of winter to brighten my day boosts my mood. A tree reminds me of my childhood. It makes me smile.

So we have a Jewmas tree. It’s a small target fake tree decorated with ornaments we get on our travels and blue and white glitter balls from Kmart. We have a winter wreath on our door and our menorah in the dining room. I tried to use christmas lights to make a giant Jewish star in our window- but it looked like a blob of lights.

So here is some candle inspiration! Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas! And when you come back from the holidays…A brand new vendor highlight series will begin!!


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By Martha Stewart Weddings


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Brides magazine


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