A result of a rare coincidence between the Lunar calendar (whose dates reflect both the moon phase and the time of the solar year, and which can have between 353 and 385 days per year) and the Gregorian calendar. Since the calendars are not calculated the same way, Chanukah appears at a different time each year on the Gregorian calendar.
The first night of Chanukah was celebrated over dinner with our friends Sarah, Luke and their sweet daughter Lydia.
Before our guests arrived we lit Sarah’s Menorah.
In the past we’ve bought her one gift as her birthday is a short three months later. However this year we decided it would be a fun tradition to buy her 8 small gifts. After her 2nd birthday, she really got the hang of opening gifts. It was cute to see her excitement as she would “ooh and aw” after each gift (it was a two-fer that night).
My menu consisted of
Cauliflower, Leek and Potato Soup Waldorf Salad w/homemade dressingCaprese LatkesShin Newtonsand homemade Sufganiyot (or jelly doughnuts). Everything was really tasty, except for the doughnuts. Using whole wheat flour might seemed like a good idea at the time, but in reality it wasn’t good.
We had so much fun talking that I didn’t get to take as many pictures as I would have liked, including one of my fabulous guests. Thanks for the wine and the great conversations!
Before dinner Sarah lit the candles with Aunt Rhonda.
Then, Sarah opened some of her gifts.
My K family (missing a few)!
and my gubby, David.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!