Friday, December 11, 2009

Hanukkah stamp


This seems a great moment to talk about this year's Hanukkah stamp from the post office - Hankkah begins at sunset this evening. It startled me to learn how early that is here in Newport right now - 4pm!

Sometimes I find the US postal service's Hanukkah stamps weird or cheesy, but I'm really fond of this one. I've been using it on my mail a lot lately - I like the clean, uniform look of the menorah coupled with the little bits of runny wax on the candles. It's beautiful yet authentic, with classic Hanukkah colors of blue and silver.

If you've read this post, you know I won't be saying much about Christmas, but at the beginning of Hanukkah I will say that I wish all of you the infectious joy that can accompany this season. I dislike all the stress and obligatory consumerism and silly gift-giving that goes on around me, but I do really enjoy the general feeling of attempted kindness and goodwill. If you celebrate a special holiday this month, I hope it's delightful.

To my Jewish readers - Happy Hanukkah!


  1. Happy Hannukah to you too. I also get overwhelmed by all the Christmas to do.

  2. ohh that is a nice Hanukkah stamp, I don't think Canada has any but I suppose I've never really looked into it. my boyfriend is so excited to celebrate his first Hanukkah tonight (I'm the first Jewish person he's ever met...oh rural Nova Scotia), and I hope you have a lovely time lighting the candles.

    Chanuka Sameach!

  3. Happy Chanukah!
    Getting together with friends to make yummy fried foods (oh, how yummy are latkes!?!?!) is always better than forced shopping for silly gifts could ever be.

  4. Happy Chanukah (Hanukkah, hanuka, etc.) The chanukiyot is out and ready to be lit. I do like that stamp. Maybe I'll get it. I was avoiding any holiday stamps, then hubby went out and bought some of the snowman, gingerbread, nutcracker design. He loves ALL holidays and LOVES sending cards, though he tries to get me to do it. LOL Happy 1st night and all the rest.

  5. I'm not Jewish, but Happy Hannukkah to you my Friend!

  6. Happy Hanukkah to you MM!!!

  7. Thanks so much for all the Hanukkah wishes, everyone!