If we were having coffee we’d be hanging out on the couch wearing fluffy slippers and sipping hot mochas. Holidays tend to bring out my anxiety and introverted ways, so I’ve been hiding in the house quite a bit. My knitting is keeping me company this holiday season.
If we were having coffee you would have heard me chatting with my kids about holidays. I’m a firm believer in teaching them about different religions so they can be respectful of all people and belief systems. Since it is Christmas Eve I taught them about Christianity and the celebration of Jesus’ birth. They asked if it was his birthday, and I explained no, that he was probably born in the spring. But this is the day Christians choose to celebrate his birth which is pretty cool.
I then explained the history of Hanukkah since tonight is also the first night of Hanukkah. I explained the Jewish people hiding as Greeks tried to force them into their culture instead of letting them worship G-d in their ways. And how they only had one nights oil while they stayed in the temple, but that it lasted them 8 full nights.
If we were having coffee we’d laugh about the crazy lady at Petsmart this morning who explained to me that her nephew had sharks as a kid while we looked at the fish. I can’t decide if she thought “shark” was the name of a different kind of fish, or if she truly believes you can keep sharks as pets.
If we were having coffee we’d be smelling the gingerbread men baking in the oven, and looking forward to a cozy evening with our families (or by ourselves). If you are not with family tonight, snuggle up with a good book, some cocoa, and some music. Enjoy some relaxation, it’s okay to be alone and you deserve to be happpy. If you are with family, try not to stress and enjoy your time with them. Know your limits if anxiety is creeping in, but also rest on the love of your family and friends. They love you and love having you around, even if you’re a bit quiet.
Many blessings to you all!
Happy Hanukkah 😊🕎