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 twenty five years, 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. In the interest of changing times, community, and adult children, I have edited these slightly.
Tonight, the gift of HOME
As in, you can always come home. As in, you can bring your friends home. As in, this is your home. You may have moved away, and call another place “home”, but we hope this is “home home”. You have a place in the world, with us, a shelter, both physical and psychological. It looks just like any other home, maybe more chaotic than some, but it is your home, your safe place, where you started and where you can always come back to.
Chag orim sameach; Happy Chanukah!