Yeah, the holiday doesn’t officially start until sunset, but who knows how much news will be happening then? Meanwhile, candles against the darkness, sweets, potato pancakes, community — what’s not to like?
As for my choice of music, could be much worse, per NPR:
… On Saturday, the eve of Hanukkah, NPR’s Scott Simon took the opportunity to open up the songbook with Josh Kun, co-founder of the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation…
“It’s funny, you know, my relationship to Hannukah songs really comes through — I guess what you could say the back door, but maybe it’s the front door — of Christmas songs. So first, like, my favorite Jewish Hanukkah songs are actually some of the greatest Christmas songs that have been written by Jews … like kind of, oh, all of them? “[I’m Dreaming of a] White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” — most of the great English-language pop Christmas songs were written by American Jews. Some of the greatest Christmas albums are, of course, Christmas albums by American Jews like Barbra [Streisand], Neil [Diamond], Barry [Manilow] and the like….”
Started a new Hanukkah tradition this year where I hang up the phone on my dad because he says he likes Marco Rubio.
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 6, 2015