Welcome to Day 14 of the Virtual Advent Tour. It's a pleasure to be part of the tour and also introduce you to my new blog.
The holidays here on Kauai, where I live, have a tropical theme and always include family gatherings and beach time on Christmas Day.
As the title of my post suggests, not only do we celebrate Christmas at our home but also Hanukkah. This year the first night was December 11. We attended Shabbat, watched the children light candles, then feasted on latkes and jam filled donuts (sufganiyot). Here's a 90 second video that my partner took at the event using his iPhone.
My family came to Kauai in the 1800's as missionaries. Celebrating Christmas has always been my tradition and an 8 foot tree goes up each year in our Great Room. The ornaments honor both faiths and include dreidels, shells and souvenirs from our trips (including favorite bookmarks).
One fun ornament we make is using an empty can of Spam. It's a creative way to add a touch of Hawaii to your tree.
I always enjoy reading Christmas themed books. This year I've added on my list, "The Man Who Invented Christmas," by Les Standiford. I hope you'll check back later for my review.
Whatever tradition you celebrate, I wish you and your family Aloha and peace.