Happy Channukah!

“Gather round the table, we’ll give you a treat… shiny tops to play with and pancakes to eat!”  Me, I like Linda’s Latkes the best.  Her bite sized pieces of potato heaven are pretty famous here in L.A, as well as around the world (thanks to Oprah).  We order them every year, and they arrive in a sealed package kept on ice for the trip to our front door.  Everyone’s favorite part of Hannukah seems to be Latkes!  But what else is Channukah, other than potato pancakes?

Well… it’s lots of things… it’s family gathered together to light candles for eight nights; over the soft glow of the candles, we share love for who we are and what we mean to each other.  Why do we light candles and eat latkes?  In Jerusalem, after Judah and his peeps defeated their nasty oppressors, he lit a little olive oil that should have barely lasted through the night… but it did; it lasted through the night and for seven more nights.  That is why we light candles for eight nights, and eat latkes… fried in oil!  There is a ninth candle, called the shamash, which is present because we are not supposed to use Channukah candles for illumination, just for religious observance.  Channukah is also known as The Festival of Lights.  I love blue anytime of year, and I adore pulling my blue entertaining essentials in December.  Here are some ideas for your table…

Stars made out of wrapping paper, glitter, and ribbon…

Ribbon-tied dradles, bottles, and more homemade decorations…

Shiny stones in silver, with paper flowers, and lots and lots of blue

Happy Channukah, Everyone!