5 Days of Christmas 2011: Holiday Candelabra

Yesterday, you visited my wine bottle candelabra, and I should have rightly called it a candelabrum. The term candelabra correctly applies to a pair or group of matching candelabrum. Today I’d like to celebrate the many beautiful candelabra that are available for purchase to upgrade your holiday experience.

Since it’s Hanukkah, I thought I’d start with one of the most interesting menorahs I have ever seen. This one is covered in Swarovski crystals.

If you celebrate Christmukkah, as some of my friends do, you can buy this nifty crossover ornament at Target.

If you’re more into traditional candelabra, here’s a nice one from Victorian Trading Company. For my more modern readers, you can buy beautiful glass candelabra at CB2.

Don’t forget that drippy candles will ruin your table and your table linens, so investing in a set of bobeches is a good thing. Here’s a handy little lifesaver from Victorian Trading Company.

And what was I doing last year five days before Christmas? Going to the doctor, the same thing I’m doing today. Last year I encouraged my readers to get a colonoscopy, and this year I’m seeing the allergist to find out why my throat’s been bothering me for ten years. I guess it’s about time…

24 Days of Christmas

One of the miracles of being a teacher is that there seems to be a never-ending supply of food that appears in the teachers’ lounge. My school is no exception, and every Wednesday we have the further treat of special breakfast provided by staff members. Each little group has its own theme; some groups pick Halloween and some pick Thanksgiving. We have patriotic breakfast themes and we have sports themes.  On December 1, 2010, we celebrated the first day of Hanukkah.

I feel very privileged to work with colleagues who understand and respect the diversity of humankind. It does not offend me that the religious holiday of many of my friends was honored in my public school teachers’ lounge. On the contrary, it makes me recognize the miracle of living in a large city where diversity is the norm rather than the abnormal. At Christmastime, when Christians are celebrating our own miracle, I find it good for my spirit to be reminded of the miracle of light that Jesus himself must have celebrated.

Rabbi Laura Geller presents both a historic and a modern-day reflection on the miracle of Hanukkah in her article in the Huffington Post. In it, she discusses the courage that the Jews had to escape Egypt and to have faith for their future.

“What is the real miracle of Hanukkah? It is the miracle of human courage that empowers us to take risks for the future even in our imperfect, uncertain world. It is the courage, even in the darkest of times, to create our own light.”

On this 24th day before Christmas, remember that each of us can create our own small light in a dark world that desperately needs courage and faith for the future. With all of us working together, respecting our differences and celebrating our oneness, we can create a new miracle.

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