|A Chanukah Message from Dawn
||[Dec. 18th, 2006|09:49 am]
Building Jewish Bridges:Bay Area Interfaith
Dear Interfaith Families and Friends,
We are closing in on the big days of Chanukah (began Friday night at sundown, Dec. 15) and Christmas (I’ll leave it to you to guess when that is). For a number of people this means a couple of weeks of work, work, work. Remember to take time for yourself, time to enjoy the holidays.
More ideas for minimizing overload, and maximizing joy:
One thing parents have reiterated to me is the desire to teach their children values – compassion, responsibility, honesty, generosity. Not one has said, "I’d like my kids to be materialistic and focused on getting lots of things!” We are about to hit the glut of the December holiday season. Don’t make yourself crazy. I heard a radio ad that said, “You still have so many gifts to get and so little time!” Naturally they were selling something. Don’t let the marketers run your family. The best gift you can give ANYONE is your time. A woman in my office just lost her sister unexpectedly. What can a gift do for her? Not a thing. All we can do is show up. Listen. Give a hug. And do that again tomorrow.
Give something meaningful. Here are some ideas shared with me for Chanukah (many of them work for Christmas too).
Night of giving books and reading aloud
Sock night – or scarf, mittens, home-make cards
Poem night – write a silly, sweet, short, rhyming, not rhyming, whatever, poem for each other
Adopt a needy family to give gifts to
Bake bread together
Build a fire and stare into the flames, let the kids fall asleep in front of it
Chanukah Ideas from the Reform Movement
If you're wondering what you can do this year to make your family's Chanukah celebration more meaningful and enjoyable, you'll find the Chanukah Holiday Resource page is filled with suggestions for recipes, blessings, and ways to make tikkun olam a part of this year's celebration.
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