Leigh (Jewish) and I (Christian) express religion in different ways - 37 years later it still works. Ours is a home where we try to show that diverse spiritual teachings are welcome. And so it was Brett's (fate?) while he was growing up to experience eclectic holidays, drawing on formal religious foundations that were laced with personal interpretation and expression of faith.
Here we are, with Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa coming upon us quickly. The menorah is out. Our very funk-ily beautiful Christmas tree is here. We had an ocotillo made from rusted iron, and it will be re-purposed and visible all year as art.
Importantly, family are on their way to join us in Tucson for a Sonoran holiday celebration. It will be simple yet perfect because it will be shared with family.
When Brett arrives tomorrow we will light the menorah, saying prayers from an old children's book we started using with Brett about 25 years ago. When my sis and bro join us we'll say some more prayers, light more candles and toast family.
Wishing everyone happy holidays and better days ahead. I'll take pictures of our tree and menorah but for now just wanted to send these wishes and blessings.