The other (political) party was still reeling, but our party was just getting started as we celebrated the first night of Hanukkah on the eve of our departure for a five night stay in the Anza-Borrego Desert and light up the dark nights with celebrations of Hanukkah, winter solstice, Christmas, New Year, and especially life, which seems so vulnerable, precious, and brief.
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Dedication and the Festival of Lights, is a wonderful celebration of freedom, and is observed by lighting the candles of the Hanukiah and by eating food that is fried or baked in oil. For the first night of this eight-day celebration, Larry made egg rolls that were dipped in apricot Sriracha sauce and sufganiyot that were injected with cherry/raspberry/blood orange jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
For this trip, Larry made a bamboo Christmas tree and added lights and decorations topped by a red star given to us by our good friends Bert and Janie. We also brought along one of our hummingbird feeders from home.
Good reading material, including a new book, To Have And Have Another, by Philip Greene, was brought along. Our very nice neighbor Donna gave us a Corgi Christmas ornament (seen below).
As we continued our celebrations, Anna’s Hummingbirds were having a festive time with our feeder.
He says that using chopsticks was easier than tongs to turn over the latkes.
At night our desert campsite was lit up by our Hanukiah and Christmas tree.
So we say to our friends, “Happy Holidays, Good Health, and Peace!”
May we “light one candle… and let it shine through our love and our tears” (Peter, Paul and Mary)