Last night was Mike's holiday party at The Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Blvd. The theme was a black and gold masquerade cocktail party and dinner. I wore an Aidan Mattox dress of course. :) It was a fun night!
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.
~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
May love and light fill your home and heart at Hanukkah.  ~Author Unknown
Colorful candles burning bright, each lit on eight very special nights. - Anonomous
May the lights of Hanukkah usher in a better world for all humankind. - Unknown
In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it "Christmas" and went to church; the Jews called it "Hanukkah" and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank.  People passing each other on the street would say "Merry Christmas!" or "Happy Hanukkah!" or (to the atheists) "Look out for the wall!"  ~Dave Barry

Our Menorah

The first night of Hanukkah we forgot to get the candles so we used birthday candles...oops. We used the real ones after that.

Our Food

Latkes with sour cream or apple sauce to dip and some random sausages that Mike picked out.

Our Music

The United States has a history of recognizing and celebrating Hanukkah in a number of ways, from menorah lighting ceremonies to a 1996 postage stamp, jointly issued with Israel, to special receptions in the White House (although the United States has not had any Jewish presidents).

One of the earliest links with the White House occurred in 1951, when Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion presented United States President Harry Truman with a Hanukkah Menorah. But it was not until 1979 that a sitting president, Jimmy Carter took part in a public Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony on the National Mall, followed by the first Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony in the White House itself, led by President Bill Clinton.

In 2001, President George W. Bush held an official Hanukkah reception in the White House in conjunction with the candle-lighting ceremony, and since then this ceremony has become an annual tradition attended by Jewish leaders from around the country. In 2008, George Bush linked the occasion to the 1951 gift by using that menorah for the ceremony, with a grandson of Ben-Gurion and a grandson of Truman lighting the candles.
This CD!
Mama Doni Band Chanukah Fever
13 Macca-beats for the Whole Family!

Finally...13 Jewish jingles for the holiday season! The Award winning Mama Doni brings her unique and special brand of "funky music with a Jewish twist" to the holiday season with the popular album, Chanukah Fever! The album, resplendent with Mama Doni's signature wildly fun style, features a contagious and unexpected blend of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer and "Jewgrass" - all woven together with Chanukah themes. Includes Latke Man, The Funky Gold Menorah, and the infamous disco-ditty Chanukah Fever!

Track Listing
  • Intro
  • Chanukah Fever
  • Latke Man
  • Honey, This Ain't Money
  • The Legend Of Sour Cream vs. Applesauce
  • The Funky Gold Menorah
  • Bubbie's Mi Yimalel
  • Eight
  • A Land Called Sufganiyot
  • Dear Hanukah Harry
  • Mac A. Bee
  • I say Chanukah (You Say Hanukah)
  • La Vida Dreidel
  • Ma-oz Tzur Finale

I saw this Hanukkah themed Yankee Candle while out shopping with Mike and I immediately wanted it. We smelled it and Mike wouldn't let me get it because it smelled like Christmas!
About This Fragrance:
A blend of savory spices, rich cinnamon and sweet potpourri to celebrate the season.

But Wait!
There's more to the story...

I did a little research and learned that this candle is exactly the same as the "Home Sweet Home: Holiday" Candle, just packaged with a different label and different colored wax for Hanukkah.
About This Fragrance:
A familiar, welcoming seasonal blend of cinnamon, cloves, pine, cedar, smoked firewood and vanilla.

So I guess Mike was right but what should a Hanukkah scented candle smell like?

I like to smell shampoo and body wash before I buy it but a few products are impossible to smell until you use it. Here are a few hair products I bought and I figured out the scent after I tried them.
Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray = Candy Necklaces
Tresemme Nourishing Rituals Rejuvenating Mud Masque (for hair) = Watermelon Airheads
Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner = Bay Breeze Cocktail (Vodka, Cranberry and Pineapple juice)