Advent is usually associated with Christmas, but my husband and I have decided to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas in our house so I thought a mixed title was quite appropriate for my contribution to this holiday blogging event. Yes, there’s the chance my boys will grow up to be very confused about their religious upbringing, but I figure life is confusing enough…why not make is more so? And since I’m not converting to Judaism, many Jews won’t regard my boys as “true Jews” so we’re really stacking the cards against them. But hey, their waspy-goyish mom can make a mean latke. Seriously, they’re beyond. Here’s my secret: you’ve got to hand-grate the potatoes. No food processors allowed. And keep the already grated potatoes in ice-cold water while you’re grating the others so they don’t turn pink and brown.
Friday is the first night of Hanukkah, and we’re having a small gathering on Saturday night. I’m in charge of the organizing and cooking, as I have been the last nine years of our tradition, and I love the smell of frying potatoes, apple sauce, melted wax, and chocolate wafting throughout the house. Kids playing dreidel and running around the house add to the festive scene and I especially like it when Hanukkah and Christmas don’t overlap, so Hanukkah can be the sole focus of the night. Lighting the menorah to commemorate the miracle that a single day’s worth of oil lasted for eight during the purification of the Temple’s rededication is my favorite Hanukkah moment. Bringing light into the dark is a ritual many people cherish, especially during the Winter Solstice. So while the lighting of the candles is on a menorah, it also feels very all-inclusive and transcendental.
I know I joked about religious confusion above, but the crux of this is a warm and loving home with traditions children can hold onto. Love transcends religion and my boys will feel that, regardless of what path they choose. Whether they have a menorah or a Christmas tree, or both (or neither) in their adult homes, they will always remember having playful and loving Hanukkah parties when they were kids. (Even if there was Christmas music playing in the background every now and then).
So what perfume will they remember me wearing this holiday season? Probably a delicious mash-up since I’m constantly trying new scents, oils and body creams. DSH Perfume’s Epices d’Hiver is getting a lot of skintime this fall/winter. I reviewed it here, but I’ll reiterate that it’s a spicy gourmand, powdery-vanillic comfort perfume that will no doubt become a cold weather staple.
Ayala Moriel Parfum’s Fête d’Hiver has become another winter favorite, and is spicy in a completely different way. It’s richly floral as gardenia, rose maroc absolute and rose otto lavishly glisten throughout Fête d’Hiver’s structure. Just a pinch of allspice and nutmeg impart the piquant edge, while Ayala’s amber accord adds a delicious and cozy, powdery vanilla. A resinous woody base of frankincense and sandalwood, gilded by the winterized gardenia allows us to leave our fête with perfumed snowflakes lingering on our skin as the night comes to a close.
Much thanks to Roxana Villa of Roxana Illuminated Perfume for organizing this Holiday Blogging Event. Please visit the links below to read the other participants’ contributions.
Sunday – November 29th: Guest blogger Jane Sibbett opens the Circle
Monday – November 30th: Guest blogger Wendel Meldrum
Tuesday – December 1st: Roxana Villa
Wednesday – December 2nd: Guest blogger Ida Meister
Thursday – December 3rd: Memory and Desire, Heather Ettlinger
Friday – December 4th: Memory and Desire, Jason Ettlinger
Saturday – December 5th: Guest blogger Jade Shutes
Sunday, December 6th, Eve and Roxana
Monday – December 7th: Indie Perfumes, Lucy Raubertas
Tuesday – December 8th: Scent Hive, Trish
Wednesday – December 9th: Olive Bites, Catherine Ivins
Thursday – December 10th: Perfume Smellin’ Things, Tom
Friday – December 11th: Lillyella, Nicole
Saturday – December 12th: The Non-Blonde, Gaia
Sunday – December 13th: Portland Examiner, Donna Hathaway
Monday – December 14th: Xenotees, Noelle
Tuesday – December 15th: The Beauty You Love, Lee
Wednesday – December 16th: Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom, Mrs. B
Thursday – December 17th: The Artful Gypsy, Wendy Amdahl
Friday – December 18th: Perfume Shrine, Helg
Saturday – December 19th: Notes on Shoes, Cake & Perfume, Wendy
Sunday – December 20th: Grindstone Girl’s Daily, Kathi Roussel
Monday – December 21st WINTER SOLSTICE: Perfume Smellin’ Things, Beth
Tuesday – December 22nd: Guest blogger Davis Alexander
Wednesday – December 23rd: Guest blogger Greg Spalenka, Artist as Brand
Thursday – December 24th: Fringe, Dennice Mankarious
Friday – December 25th: Asking Leah, Leah
Photograph by my husband
Posted by ~Trish