Saturday, December 16, 2006

New Friends, New Old Traditions

Hey Guys,

One of the great things about moving to the big city is making new friends and starting new traditions. So, tonight, I'm going to my first Hannukah party! How cool is that?

I helped my friend Jen shop for ingredients for latkes today, and soon I'll be going over to help her prepare her apartment for the shindig. She asked me to bring some blue ribbon to help decorate her place -- and I'm bringing an extra string of white lights to put up somewhere. It's going to be really fun. Jen's family is back East, so I know she's excited to share her Hannukah traditions with her West Coast friends.

The cool thing is, she's coming to my sister's place on Christmas Eve. So, we're really sharing each other's holidays. I know it's totally like on the show The O.C. -- but I guess I'm celebrating the season of Christmukah. :)

Sadly, there will be no single boys at this party. I guess that will help me focus on the important things, and I won't be holding back when it comes to snarfing down the latkes. :)

Happy start of Hannukah to everyone who celebrates it! And, for those of you in the rush and hustle getting ready for Christmas, keep calm and try to enjoy yourself. Read a book, have a glass of egg nog, eat a latke and relax.

So, has anyone else shared family traditions with a friend, or created their own?

Love and Light,


Heather Davis is the author of
Coming from HarperCollins in 2008


TinaFerraro said...

I have a wonderful writer friend named Janie Emaus (who regularly comments here on our blog). Janie is Jewish, and when I heard last year that True Confession magazine was looking for a story about Hanukkah, I asked her if she’d be interested. She was, and wrote one up that was not only romantic and touching, but rich in tradition.

This year, she stepped up with another Hanukkah story (which hits newsstands this week, in the January issue of True Confessions) that focuses on keeping up faith and traditions during times of change.

I’m hoping Janie continues to be their annual “Hanukkah contributor” so that I can continue reading her terrific stories and learning about the history and traditions of Hannukah.


Anonymous said...

First off, I have to thank Tina for her wonderful praise regarding my stories. I did love writing them. And if not for Tina, I would never have known of this market for short stories.

As this moment, I'm setting my table for our Hanukah dinner. Yesterday, my mom and I fried up over 100 laktes. And soon my house house will be filled with smells of briskett and family and friends.

Happy Hanukah to everyone who celebrates this holiday.

PS Next week, we celebrate Xmas!

stephhale said...

Happy Hanukkah to Janie & Simone!
I am trying to create some traditions with my own little family like getting the boys matching pj's for every Christmas eve then taking their pictures for my Christmas book that I fill out every year. Nothing major, but I already love looking back on it. The first year I bought the book our new puppy chewed the end of it up. I was so mad b/c I hadn't even written in it yet, but now every year when I pull it out I realize that it just gave the book that much more character.

Marley Gibson said...

Hope you have a GREAT time at the party, Heather! = )

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Marley = )

Young Adult Authors said...

It was soooo much fun, guys! The latkes were yummy and I won the dreidel game, even. The only downside is trying to figure out how the heck to spell hannukah right. I'm so confused. :)