Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing. I don’t know the author; I wish I did. But for at least a decade, our children have heard one of these every night, in no particular order. Sometimes it was the only gift they got, but even if there was something to unwrap, they got these gifts first. I have begun re-writing them somewhat, after all these years, with adult children and a changing community and world.
This is the first thing first. We love you. We will always love you. This is unconditional and non-negotiable. Gibraltar may crumble, the Rockies may tumble, but Mom and Dad will love you always and forever, no matter what.