Hanukkah nights flying by!

I am sure glad that we were enjoying Hanukkah-stuff before the holiday started for real.

A pre-hanukkah brunch with a dear friend

A pre-hanukkah brunch with a dear friend.

Because the real thing is flying by way too fast!

pre hanukkah brunch

Tonight we already lit six candles in addition to the shamash! 

the sixth night of Hanukkah

We are watching as every night we are adding one more candle, one more flame than the night before.

A new Hanukkiah that joined our collection this year. Isn´t the reflection just beautiful??

A new Hanukkiah that joined our collection this year. Isn´t the reflection just beautiful??

The hanukkiot are  becoming a more beautiful sight every night, but the bright lights are also reminders that we are nearing the end…

Hanukkah at the Mamilla mall

On the first night of the holiday, we went downtown to watch the public lighting of the Hanukkiah at the beautiful Mamilla mall.

Big Hanukkiah outside of Jaffa gate, and can you see the smaller one closer to the wall?

Big Hanukkiah outside of Jaffa gate, and can you see the smaller one closer to the wall?

It is always special as the holiday is entering. You are enjoying the moments, and at the same time enjoying the fact that there are so many more wonderful moments to come. This is just the beginning!

sufganiot

We had some friends over after our outing to Mamilla, and enjoyed yummy Roladin sufganiot again! Mmmmm…!

Oh, the joy and excitement of children opening hanukkah-gifts!

Oh, the joy and excitement of children opening hanukkah-gifts!

And, yes, the children get to open gifts every night. They are not particularly big gifts. But just something wrapped is exciting.

And, let me show you what my super sweet sister did for me:

Hanukkah gifts

She got eight hanukkah-gifts for me as well! So I get the excitement of opening one gift every night as well! I am really enjoying it!

hanukkah gifts

Then on the second night we hosted a big hanukkah-party for our community here in Jerusalem. It also happened to be Thanksgiving, and I prepared multiple pumpkin pies, and a special version of pumpkin-filled sufganiot!

Thanksgivukkah

Young and old had a fun time together. We cleaned up the big mess and went to bed. The next morning we woke up and went straight into preparations for our real Thanksgiving dinner which we were going to have that evening.

butternut squash

We had a group of friends coming to celebrate Shabbat, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving with us. So there were new pies, new sufganiot, and of course a whole turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows etc. etc.

cooking for thanksgiving and hanukkah

We enjoyed our pumpkin pie scented hanukkah-candles both on the second and the third night of Hanukkah.

pumpkin pie scented Hanukkah candles

Shabbat was wonderful as always. After havdalah we went to a housewarming – hanukkah party at some friends´ house, and once I was home again it was time to prepare for the birthday party I was throwing for my daughter the next day. (The party itself deserves a post of it´s own.)

preparing for a birthday party on Hanukkah

But you get the picture? It was from one thing to the other. Relatively non stop. We all had really good times, so I am not complaining. But yeah, as the fifth night of Hanukkah came around, it was lovely to be able to just sit back and watch the hanukkiot. There is a time for everything.

fifth night of hanukkah

Today we have been mainly just been chilling out at home. And I got to go for a good, long training run.

Hanukkah days. Playing with the gift received the night before.

Hanukkah days. Playing with the gift received the night before.

Tonight we had some sweet friends over, and the kids got to have another little game-night. Always a hit! 🙂

Hanukkah game night

For the remaining two nights we also have nice plans with friends and family. We don’t want to miss opportunities for good and special times. Definitely not. Hanukkah is only once a year. Eight nights are not even one too many!hanukkah

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