Wednesday, December 21, 2016, marks the first official day of winter.
Winter scenes from our backyard.
Saturday, December 24, 2016, marks the beginning of Hanukkah
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt. Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, driving the Greeks from the land and reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. (Above is a model of the Second Temple we saw while in Jerusalem.)
Chanukah, another spelling for Hanukkah, is the Jewish eight-day wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.
At the re dedication when the Jews sought to light the Temple’s Menorah, they found only a single cruse of olive oil had escaped contamination by the Greeks. The menorah was lit, and miraculously, the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days. (I don’t recall the story behind this magnificent menorah, but it was a beautiful sight.)
Sunday, December 25, 2016 is Christmas Day!
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)
All is calm; all is bright! (Coeur d’Alene neighborhood scene, 12/2015)
Blessings to you and your family this wonderful season!
- http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/ ↑