Right now, Christmas is not the only holiday this month to celebrate (That’s why I greet peeps with Happy Holidays!) – and even if this is not my heritage, I still want to honor its’ presence. Especially since so many of my far-away friends are Jewish. The most well-known of course is Hanukkah / Chanukkah which started Sunday – making this Day 4. ( I’m not sure which is most appropriate).
I was a nanny once for a Jewish family and I must say that the nights of Hanukkah were very peaceful and loving.
I said before that this is not my heritage; however I know, as a follower of Christ, the Christ was Jewish. And in what I know tf the Jewish religion, there are far many more common beliefs than there are differences. In fact, many of us Christians today have co-opted the Jewish early history via the bible. Secondly – I have a strong belief that is humans are the same family. We may be separated by numerous generations but we all came from the same original human(s). And lastly – MY culture is American – of which there are many Jewish customs that have gotten incorporated in. So I don’t think I am out of line in writing poems to honor that history in my friends and neighbors.
And it’s great to see modern artists putting out songs to honor that celebration of the Miracle of Eight Nights. Today I am going with Matishayu’s Happy Hannukkah – which is two lines that really spoke to me so today has two prompts – “light up your nights, my gift to you” “you’re my light in the night of my hardest time”.
Here are the lyrics from Google; credit goes to Kobalt Music Publishing.
Tonight I will be in my CC Willow persona; it is the Something Red Art Walk Reception 5-8pm at Elsinore Gallery. I have been looking forward to! It will be interesting to see which artists win this year. And it is a great chance to enjoy some of Salem’s finest musicians. I did my volunteering early, so tonight I am duty-free and can just kick back with my artists’ group, cheering each other on and swapping stories. on our art pieces’ journeys.
And wear Red. Lots and lots of red. I am thinking of wearing my red prayer shawl tonight’ I have never worn it outside the house before and whoever knitted it for me did some magnificent stitchwork; I really feel I should share it with the world.
Tomorrow – after the jurying is announced tonight, I can share my three Something Red Art pieces here. But if you want to see my alcohol ink & resin art tonight, you can find …
- Something Emerged @ Elsinore Gallery 44
- Something HHidden @ Elsinore Gallery 44
- Something Revealed @ The Art Department
And if you want to buy holiday gifts with poetry or art on it (and support me as a small business)nology, I have the following links for you.
- Ariel on RedBubble
- Ariel on Vida
- Poetry Books : Moments Before Midnight, Write The Town 2016,
- CC Willow on RedBubble
- CC Willow on Vida
- CC Willow Originals on Etsy
- CC Willow on Cafe Press (New, started populating. Search still glitchy)
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Cover image provided by NaNOWriMo 2018.