In other news, I can’t help noticing that it is Hanukkah – and there is not a single Menorah in my road. In a mainly Hassidic neighbourhood that is really something to notice; the place is usually teeming with them, every front window; and I can’t help wondering what it’s all about. There’s been some anti-semitic baiting of Tottenham fans by Spurs fans? But I’ve not heard of any upsurge in anti-semitic activity around here… Anyone local reading this and know something?
Usually my street is full of Menorahs and I love them. You don’t get many Christmas trees in windows around here, so they are the main holiday twinkle. And though there was tons of music and stomping in the flat below me yesterday, there’s a sort of weird hushed atmosphere at the moment, though it might just be because it’s cold.
An any case, I loved the cheerfully ecumenical spirit of my growing-up years. In that spirit I offer this Baroque in Hackney Menorah. If you like it, it links to craft pages that show you other holiday decorations you can make out of old books (but be careful with candles and paper).
Here’s wishing everyone a peaceful, festive and light-filled holiday season. And may the oil hold out through the coming year, too, as it were, while we’re at it.