Sunday, January 01, 2006

Presents one more time

When we started this Chanukah as the no present Chanukah, we never really considered how a no presents policy would affect our overall enjoyment of the holiday. To my surprise, not allowing the kids to get presents actually enhanced our Chanukah.

The primary focus of Chanukah is the lighting of the candles. In years past, we would get ready to light candles amid questions about presents and fights about previous nights' toys echoing through the room. We never realized how much presents had taken away from the actual lighting of the candles.

Over the past week, candle lighting has been a completely different experience. No one tried to run away from Chanukah candles to see the night's prsents. Everyone sang the Brochot together, followed by HaNerot HaLalu and Moaz Tzur. The younger kids danced around the room as my oldest played the songs on Piano.

All in all, it was a much richer, much better candle lighting experience.


Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

So, then, will you be enstating a policy of no gift on Chanuka?

January 02, 2006 7:09 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

We talked about that, and decided not to make any decision at this point. But because we are planning on being in Israel next year we will probably follow the Israeli custom of no presents.

January 02, 2006 9:01 AM  
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