Long-time readers know I’m big on trolling the after Christmas sales in search of bargains and new items to add to my Hanukkah decor stash (and for Jewish occasions all year round). Last year I was psyched to find these Crate and Barrel laser wood cut villages I had my eye on, on sale. They come in a set of three and two and I bought one of each, although probably the set of three was all I needed. Surprisingly, they are still on sale. Hrmph!
After trying to figure out the most advantageous spot for them, I decided it looked best on my media cabinet (another place you can decorate for Hanukkah). I set them up and added some LED wire lighting, a few tea lights, and some laser wood cut snowflakes…all bits and bobs I’ve had for years. It was lovely but didn’t feel particularly Jewish or Hanukkah, so added a menorah I quickly threw together using some simple, glass candleholders I bought in London for my wedding some years back. Miraculously they hold standard menorah candles (another Hanukkah miracle?)
I half-jokingly call it, “My Snowy Shtetl” which is funny but allowed me a “teachable moment” to tell my son what a shtetl was.
Did it pass my kid’s increasingly stringent Jewishness sniff test? Unlike last year’s snowflakes, yes it did! And best part is hearing my husband and son ask, “Can we light the shtetl now?”