The first night of Hanukkah
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Madge Woods
December 2010
Contributor
Written by
Madge Woods
December 2010
Last night I had the family over for Hanukkah (10 of us). For the first time in about 30 years I cooked all the meal from scratch. I set a wonderful table in the living room and added Gelt as a gift to take home. Everyone was on time and we started with shrimp and dip and then went to the brisket (sweet), latkes and a green bean dish with bacon bits and bread crumbs. Okay, so it was not a kosher meal. My DIL said this was the first home cooked meal by me in 10 years, since she joined the family. I digress. As they lived out of the state and came for a visit they wanted to go to my son's favorite haunts for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so that is what we did. I do remember making brisket when she had the twins 6 years ago at her house but that doesn't count for my house. Now that they are living near me I decided it would be fun to have everyone over for the first night of Hanukkah. When I looked around the room and saw my grown nieces playing dreidel with my grandkids it brought back such memories of joy and happiness at a much different time in my life. I was in my 20's and had the energy of a teenager. Now I am in my 60's and have the energy of someone in their 50's. Oh and this time the menorah didn't light the decorations on fire and I didn't use my good tablecloth to put out the fire. Oh the memories of Hanukkahs past.Now that one son has returned with his family, I can only dream the other one will as well. I imagine Hanukkah every year here again starting a tradition with the next generation and this makes my soul leap inside. Aside from the fact that my brother-in-law said it has been at least 30 years since he had a cooked meal by me-now we start anew with a new beginning and the number goes back to 1. It was a lot of work but when my DIL called today with thanks and praise for everything it was so worth it. I think this is the first time since she joined our family that she brought nothing to the party (except a gift for me) My face reflected joy the whole night long. A new tradition following an old tradition is now starting again. How exciting is that?

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