It’s that time of year again: the Hanukkah table is set up in the living room and ready for the menorah and the presents, Songs in the Key of Hanukkah and Hanukkah Rocks! are on stereo rotation, and several pounds of gingerbread have been rolled and baked for the creation of this year’s ginge-a-gogue (the spelling, like Hanukkah/Chanukkah, is up for debate). Slathered with royal icing and loaded down with as much stale candy as it can bear, the ginge-a-gogue seems to get more elaborate every year. And as the girls get older, the vision has become collaborative (though the mama retains veto power). This year’s additions: melted Jolly Rancher stained glass and crusty Halloween-peep snowmen. Next year, watch for a sour patch chimney sweep….
May the light of the ginge-a-gogue shine on you this Hanukkah–wishing joy, peace and light from our family to yours!