French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
Jewish by their Mum, Protestant by their Dad, born in Buddhist countries and raised in a very Catholic one. Meet my children!
Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of faith and courage over militaries, when a band of Israelites stood up for their rights to practice their faith. I am not so much interested in the details of the story, but the meaning is what I want to discuss with my family. It is all about the triumph of spirit over force. No matter the faith, stand up for what you believe. I want my children to be head-strong people, just not only when I am raising them.
Tonight, Ms Attila will light the first of the eight candles. She already warned me « I am not going to pray, but I love lighting the candles and getting my presents ». Smart ass. There won’t be any long formal prier anyway, but more attention to each other, more time to exchange on what we are grateful for and what we could do to make others feel better too. Food wise, we all agreed that what makes us happy is more chocolate, so our latke will turn into awesome pancakes with holy Cote d’Or. Time will slow down a bit, so we can learn to appreciate more what we have and reflect on our blessings. That’s the aim of the week, for the adults at least. No doubt the Attilas will (try) to cooperate, there is a present at stake every night…
The last day of Hanukkah will be on the 12th. Santa will take over with the big presents. We should end up the month a bit more spiritual. Practically, we’ll all be fatter and with a list of good resolutions, first one being “subscribe to the gym”.
More about our plans for the week: right here
(Repost from last year, somethings hardly change and that’s why we love them so much 😉
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