Saturday, December 8, 2012

Happy Hanukkah! Also, Christmas times...

Just wanted to shine my light for Hanukkah... tonight is the first night!

My dad sent me a Hanukkah gift set in the mail so I could celebrate it from over here. It came with a menorah, some candles, some dreidels, some gelt, and some little handouts explaining each thing, like the history of Hanukkah, some Hanukkah songs, and how to light the candles and play dreidel. My housemate and I are going to play dreidel one of these nights after he has had some practice spinning the top. So, it's going to be a simple but nice Hanukkah.

Meanwhile, everyone's getting into the Christmas spirit. Downtown, there are street musicians playing Christmas songs on flutes and french horns. There's this event that has been going on for the past few weeks called Christmas in the Park, and it's kind of like a carnival mixed with a Christmas display.

There are rides, and popcorn/hot dog stands, and stands selling all kinds of other food... churros, hot chocolate, burgers, Hispanic food, and more.. and also a bunch of Christmas trees, and little dioramas with dolls of various themes, the trees and dioramas designed by different community organizations. Also there were fake snow, lights, and Christmas music in the background.

Loved this gingerbread house!
Pretty trees...

The Nutcracker :)

A choir singing...

And a big tree of lights right at the front!

It's nice to know that San Jose gets into the spirit for Christmas. Whether you live in a big city or a small town, Christmas is all around.

P.S. My final project is finished... check out the finished product if you wish :)


  1. Happy Hanukkah Jen! What a great gift from your Dad! San Jose is certainly gorgous/festive as well....enjoy your week guys.

    Jen I will peek in to your website later when I have more time. Cheers!

    1. Thanks Meesh! It was very thoughtful of him. San Jose is lovely this time of year, with the lights and all. Enjoy your week too :)

  2. Top of the morning to you, Jen!

    What a wonderful time of year! May you and our mutual Canadian friend experience happy holidays well into the coming new year. Back next year to enjoy more of your Epic Treats.

    1. Happy holidays to you too Al! I will have another post for the new year soon.

  3. Greetings from Ontario, Canada!

    My warmest thoughts and my best wishes to the both of you for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year. Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!

    Much love!

    1. Merry Christmas Meesh and Al :)
      Thanks for the warm thoughts!
      <3 Jen