It’s that time of year when the chill in the frosty air brings us indoors to hunker down with thick comforters and mugs of steaming hot chocolate overflowing with fluffy marshmallows. When holiday music and movies become the soundtrack to our everyday home lives. When we gather ‘round the fire for company, drink, food and love. When we are celebrating and remembering those we treasure and hold near and dear. When the real meaning of the season is family – by our DNA or by our heart. When we reflect and give thanks for all we have. In a nutshell, unconditional love.
I’d like to welcome Nancy J. Cohen to share the beauty of the season with us.
Favorite Holiday tradition?
Since we celebrate Hanukkah instead of Christmas, as a child I enjoyed getting eight presents over the eight days of the holiday.
Favorite childhood toy?
I’ve always liked dolls. Still do!
Favorite childhood game?
On Hanukkah, we played the Dreidel game. We spun a top and it landed on one of four symbols. We may have played with nuts or pennies.
Snow ball fight or making snow families?
Making a snowman where I grew up in NJ.
Sleigh rides, sledding or skiing?
Ice skating on a frozen lake in the local park and going for hot chocolate in the boat house afterward which smelled like sawdust.
Favorite holiday movie?
I like the sentimental Hallmark romances at this time of year on TV.
Favorite holiday story to read?
The story of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. The tale describes how the Maccabees fought for freedom from tyranny in days of old. After driving the enemy forces from the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the Maccabees discovered that most of the ritual oil had been profaned. There was only enough left to light the candelabrum in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, it burned for eight days and nights. Hence the holiday to celebrate this miracle and the concept of freedom. We light candles in the menorah, a nine-branched candelabrum, to commemorate the event.