In November, I noticed a discussion in a Facebook group about holiday traditions and how to make the holidays more meaningful. Through this thread, I glimpsed into the lives of families who, each year, make a specific cookie recipe, take in the neighbourhood lights during a bundled walk on a brisk Canadian winter night, or even write poems about other family members in attendance at a holiday gathering. Not one respondent chimed in to discuss spending hours in line to get a coveted toy, electronic, or must-have item.
I’m not sure how it began, but, at some point, my husband Eytan and I turned the typical observance of Chanukah on its head and began to take the focus away from the material. [Read more…]