Winter Blogfest: Ruth A. Casie

How I Spent My Hanukkah

Paul and I are empty nesters. Our daughters and their families live about thirty minutes away and our son lives in Boston. For the holidays they all move back home for the weekend. They decided ten years ago, when our son went away to college that holidays would be spent here, all together, and all weekend. I didn’t argue.

It takes lots of planning. There are times we even move Hanukkah to accommodate everyone’s schedule. There is also lots of cooking but there are no surprises. The family demands the same dinner menu, beef brisket or roast leg of lamb, sweet potato soufflé, noodle pudding, salad, some green vegetable, pies and cookies. We can’t forget the potato latkes. For breakfast it’s French toast made with challah, an egg bread.

Thank goodness they come with their own plastic containers for the left overs home. I’ve been known to make extras so they can take it home. For some reason, they don’t want this menu during the year, only for the holidays.

Everyone pitches in from setting the table, making appetizers, and baking dessert. I admit that when I sit down at the table I’m happy watching them tease, laugh, and discuss. I don’t have to worry about cleaning up—Hanukkah presents are opened after the kitchen is clean.

This year, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving shared the calendar. While we settled with our dessert after opening our presents, our younger daughter told us how Thanksgiving and Chanukah were similar. Both holidays speak about religious freedom. For the Pilgrims it was fleeing from England for the right to worship who they wanted. For the Hebrews it was against the Selecuid Empire (Greek) for the very same reason.

We had a great weekend and spent lots of time watching movies, playing games and planning our summer vacation. Sunday came quickly and everyone packed up to go home (with their plastic containers that were neatly labeled with each person’s name in the fridge). Our older daughter had lesson plans to do and her kids had some homework to finish. Our younger daughter and her husband had to get things ready for his husband’s business trip on Monday morning. Our son went back to Boston.

The house is quiet but they’ll all be back in five weeks for New Years. Maybe I’ll change the menu and make chicken or salmon. Naw, why change a good thing. It’s perfect just the way it is.

Happy Holiday everyone!

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with an introduction by Sharon Sala

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Ruth A. Casie

Ruth A. Casie is a seasoned professional with over twenty-five years of writing experience but not necessarily writing romances.  No, she’s been writing communication and marketing documents for a large corporation.  Over the past years, encouraged by her friends and family, she gave way to her inner muse, let her creative juices flow, and began writing a series of historical fantasies. She lives in Teaneck, New Jersey, with her husband. They have three grown children and two grand-children.

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  1. That is wonderful that your family moves back for the holidays.

    • Yes it is. Our son just called. He’s on his way and his sisters are packing up to getting ready to arrive tomorrow.

      I hope you had a great holiday. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  2. Nice post

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  3. Do they all move back into your house? Your quiet, empty-nest home must get crowded and noisy when they all descend. Luckily, it sounds like everyone gets along and pitches in. I envy that!

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