Tag: holidays

On grief and Jewishness during the holiday season

I’m not going to lie – this Christmas season was hellish for me.  For one, I obviously don’t celebrate the holiday and when it’s shoved down my throat everywhere, I get irritated. Anyone who says there’s a “war on Christmas” and that people don’t…

To make things right. Or not?

I am always filled with a sense of renewal and excitement during the Days of Awe*. Granted, the High Holy Days* usually occur in early fall, when the temperatures are dropping, the rains are returning, and the leaves are beginning their transition. Considering Fall…

Leaking roofs, leaking eyes, and Christmas annoyances

We discovered a minor leak inside the Winnebago the day after Thanksgiving. It’s in the spot where the coach and the cab meet and it’s midway down in a corner area. Since we’ve only owned it for a month, even though it’s 12 years…

It’s hard to say goodbye to the High Holy Days

I love the Jewish High Holy Days. While we have a lot of holidays on the calendar, I’ve been practicing Judaism long enough to know that Yom Kippur is my favorite holiday. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is joyful and celebratory, and Yom…

Becoming Jewish: the Christmas conundrum

Lately, my conversations with my mom have gone a little like this: Mom: “I sure would love to come out and visit again.” Me: “I’d love for you to see western Washington in the fall.” Mom: “I’d really love to come out and celebrate…

Diabetic-friendly Ambrosia Salad

We got invited to a 4th of July picnic this afternoon and our host is diabetic, so I scrambled to come up with something that is both yummy, pretty diabetic-friendly, and doesn’t require me to turn on the oven. (We’re having a heat wave…

Merry maudlin Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  To anyone that reads this, I hope that your Christmas (if you celebrate it) was beautiful and completely free of stress. As for us, we couldn’t have asked for a more low-key holiday.  Honestly, as the sun slips away and darkness arrives…

Recipes of Christmases Past: Nutmeg Logs

I made these today and was instantly whisked back to my childhood.  I was full of memories of watching my mother make these for the holidays, the scent filling first the kitchen and then the whole house.  The rich smell of the nutmeg was a…