I don’t know if I’ve just been mentally exhausted from the High Holidays or what, but I am usually really excited about Sukkot and this year I was kind of like, “meh.” I debated with myself on whether I was even going to put up my sukkah. I suppose I’ve been in kind of a funk and last week was hell week to boot culminating with dropping my iPhone in the toilet, the replacement of which was right up there with buying a car. Since when did buying a new mobile phone get so awful?! Anyway, I suppose in the end, the highlight of the week was actually putting up the sukkah and decorating it with a seven species theme.
Fortunately, the plan for this seven species theme in my sukkah had been simmering for a while, as long time readers know, so I spent zero time thinking about it this time. Last year I designed this seven species banner and placemats primarily for my sukkah so I didn’t have too much to think about decor-wise. I pondered all sorts of crafts that can be made from the seven species dining papers but in the end, I decided to use the products as-is, right out of the packages.
In my minimalist mood I forwent the candle holders and placed pillars right on the table.
I’m getting so tired of looking at my meat dishes (and I’m sure you are too) that I think it’s telling me something: stop eating so much meat!
This is an old lantern my mom gave me when she cleaned out her garage. It lives in my garage now. At least when it’s in the sukkah I don’t bang my head on it as much.
I designed the banner to reflect the schach pattern, so I was thrilled to see how good it looked next to the ceiling.
So, another Sukkot is almost over. My kid really wants to sleep in the sukkah and in my deranged frame of mind, I actually promised him we would, which now is like ugh…why did I do that? Next year I already have plans on designing another banner, this time with the Ushpizin on them so stay tuned for that.