Wednesday night was the last night of Hanukkah, which means that this will be my last post (not as in forever, you know what I mean)! As we lit the candles on the menorah we discussed how on the first night we talked about God made the light. And now on the last night we talked about how in the book of Revelations there will be a light that never goes out and there will be no need for a sun.
After supper we got to open our last set of presents, which were our ornaments. You see my family has a tradition. Every year my parents give each of us kids an ornament symbolizing something significant that happened to us that year. So one day when each of us leave home we will have a set of ornaments for our very own family Christmas tree (assuming that our spouse will provide the tree of course!). A few years ago Mama and Daddy started giving each other ornaments because they realized that there would be no ornaments left on the tree after we left!
Daddy went first. His ornament was a mini tallet (Jewish prayer shawl) with a blue M on it. This summer a congregation in Nashville sponsored us to go to the Messiah Conference at Messiah College in PA. We learned a lot there about the Jewish faith and Messianic Judaism.
For Mama's ornament she got an angel dancing with the word JOY under her feet. Mama got this because at the conference she and I took classes that taught traditional Jewish dances. Now not to be rude, but my mother is not the most graceful person on the face of this earth (not saying that I am either). So the first few classes she took really frustrated her. It was only after she found a teacher that really broke down the steps did dancing bring her joy. Now whenever she dances she smiles and has fun worshiping God in a different way.
Gideon got a campfire with a marshmallow and winnie. Every year on our 12th birthday Daddy took us on a trip. This year Gideon turned 12 and he and Daddy went camping in NC near the Joyce Kelmer Memorial Forest. They had a great time and Gideon came back with LOTS of stories!
This year Jonathan took up guitar and is being taught by Christopher's best friend (the same family who is here). But whenever his teacher calls to schedule a lesson, he always says "We need to plan a wink wink, nod nod, guitar lesson". What he means by this is Jonathan (and most of the time Gideon and Christopher) will go over there and practice for 30 mins or so...
...and then they play nerf war or sword fight.
Hence the "wink wink, nod nod part" (what else do you expect when your guitar teacher is only 17?)
Hey, as long as Jonathan can play Canon in D for my wedding one day, I don't care what goes on over there (and honestly, I don't want to know)!
So Jonathan's ornament had a little tag at the end of the guitar saying "wink wink, nod nod"
Christopher's ornament was a little more serious. Towards the beginning of summer Christopher tripped and broke his clavicle bone on his right shoulder and required surgery for it to be fixed. He also needed to have his wisdom teeth removed in September. So his ornament was two miniature copies of his hospital bands linked together. His patient numbers Daddy replaced letters with numbers to spell out TEETH and CLAVICLE (for example A=1, B=2 and so on) I thought his was really cool!
And mine was one of my business cards attached to a miniature version of a picture of a flower that everyone at my graduation signed (without the signatures of course). This year I accomplished the first thing on my bucket list and that was to graduate as a homeschooler from beginning to end. After graduation I started my online sewing business which was the second thing on my bucket list.
Next in no particular order is marriage and swimming with dolphins! (big grin!)
After the ornaments were given we ended Hanukkah officially by frying up some homemade doughnuts which are a Jewish tradition to remember the oil! (aren't you so jealous?)
I tell ya, Jews know how to par-ty!
Thank you so much for sharing this Hanukkah with me and my family! I hope that you learned a little more about what Jews all around the world are celebrating during this time of year. I also hope that it will give you a new perspective of how our Savior, Yeshua, is our Light and that knowledge will give a you a compassion for the Jewish people so many of whom are still looking for the Light of Life.
"Nes Gadol Hayah Sham"
A great miracle happened there!
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