Happy 1st December 2010 to everyone in blogworld. Today is special for several different reasons.
For me, it marks the countdown to my birthday, yey me. I love having a birthday at Xmas, even if everyone else thinks it's awful. My family have had over 50 years of practise, not on me but on my cousin firstly who
is exactly 10 years older than me. So they are pretty good at organising 2 fab days for me so I don't feel left out.
Thirdly, today sees the beginning of Hannukah. I first learned about this Jewish celebration as a student nurse in the East End where a large proportion of our patients came from multi-cultural backgrounds. We had to learn so much about birth, celebrations, and death to ensure we did not offend anybody when these events happened. I was working on a medical ward and there was a fairly young Jewish lady and in the evenings during Hannukah she was able to celebrate with her Menorah. This is a special candelabra usually with 8 candle holes or oil burners. The celebration of Hannukah lasts for 8 nights and it begins after sunset tonight across the world. The festival is celebrating a miracle thousands of years ago when oil which should have lasted one night lasted for 8 nights in the Temple in Jerusalem. Each night one candle is lit, then 2, then and so on until all 8 are lit. Special prayers and blessing are said. So I would like to wish all our Jewish friends across the world a very happy Hannukah.