2021 is finally here!! Was anyone sad to see 2020 end??
To me, 2021 symbolizes the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s still far off, but there’s hope. Hope because we will soon have a sane and competent person in the White House. Hope because there are vaccines for Covid-19. Hope because a new year always brings hope!
Hanukkah overlapped with Christmas this year and at North School Park in Arlington Heights, we met a rabbi at the Hanukkah (Chanukah) display of a menorah lit up for the 5th day of Hanukkah. (It’s hard to see but the light immediately to the left of the middle candle, called the shamas, is also lit.)
For those of you not familiar with Hanukkah, it is the Jewish celebration of a miracle that happened long ago when the Maccabees (a prominent Jewish band of rebels) took control of Judea when it was under Syrian rule. They planned to rededicate the Temple in Jerusalem. Under siege, they had oil only to last one day, but by miracle, it lasted eight days. The special Hanukkah menorah has nine candles. The one in the middle, usually elevated, is called the shamas, and is used to light the others, adding one during each night of Hanukkah. The lighting of the candles is a ritual which takes place each evening of Hanukkah at sundown, during which special prayers are said. (Although I am Christian, my husband is Jewish, and we celebrate both holidays.)
The rabbi we met at the park invited us to visit his congregation for a Hanukkah party the Sunday after Christmas, which we didn’t do because we had other plans already. The rabbi went to his car, which had a glowing menorah on top!
Hanukkah is also known as the “Festival of Lights” which fits the topic of Becky’s January Squares challenge,_____light.
More holiday lights for Becky’s January Square challenge! This was taken at North School Park in Arlington Heights (a few other, non-square photos of the same place follow!), which every year has an impressive holiday light display. The first photo is of a rotating display to represent a couple dancing.
Hurray! Becky’s back with her quarterly month-of-squares photo challenge! The theme this month is light! She suggests: It would be great if you could join me daily, but you can post whenever inspiration highlights a square. Together we can alight this month with squares of sunlight, penlights, candlelight, searchlights, starlight, headlights, stoplights, taillights, flashlights, moonlight, fanlights, taperlight, floodlights, torchlight, skylights, gaslight, streetlights, and twilight. Or whatever word(s) ending in light scintillates you over the next thirty-one days. We’ve got plenty of choice with more than fifty words in the English language ending in light, and even more in other languages. So whilst I am not expecting any squares of trothplight we can share the limelight under all the spotlights!
2020 has just begun and many places usher in the new year with fireworks. The photos below were actually taken on 4th of July in Elk Grove Village a few years back, since I did not attend nor photograph any New Year’s fireworks.
We spent a quiet New Year’s Eve as we have for the last several years: noshing and drinking wine at my sister’s house while playing some rip-roaring games of Scrabble!
Here what we missed by not being squeezed among the crowds at Navy Pier in Chicago: