Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

First Night of Hannukah

Kita wrote, "Someone asked me when Hannukah was this year...it actually begins on Solstice, which I find very symmetrically pleasing. The return of the Lights."

TBQ wrote: "Happy Winter Solstice and Happy Chanukah to those who celebrate. And frankly to those who don't since hey: return of light AND fried foods. How is there any wrong to be found there? I ask you. There's none. You can't find it. Don't even try.You'll fail and then we'll all make fun of you. While we eat donuts. That we can see. So there."

When I saw Laura Ruth on Thursday, she said good things about the Longest Night service (which had happened that Tuesday), specifically mentioning Tiffany.  I said I had considered going, but hadn't in part because I don't have grief around December so while it's not like I need an excuse to go to church, I'm not really the target audience for that service.  When I told Tiffany after service today that Laura Ruth had said good things about the Longest Night service, she said it was a really beautiful service (like moreseo than in past years), which made me a little regretful that I hadn't gone.  (But Monday and Tuesday had been crazybusy days, with Tuesday having bonus stress, and I wasn't really moved by last year's service, so it seemed a better choice to just stay home that evening.)

"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."
--Anne Lamott

Five good things about today:
1. Lovely reply email from Laurel (who, yes, signed it that way).
2. Having church!  I was expecting a redux of last year, but no, both my churches still held service.  (And there was no email about CHPC being cancelled either.)  I feel like I'm turning into Ari or something, that I'm like falling in love with going to church.
3. Cranky next-door neighbors were pleasantly conversational when I left for evening church.
4. Tasty cookies.  (Housemate made lots of cookies for gifts, and the broken ones weren't really appropriate to pack up and send off as gifts, hence leftovers for us.)
5. Did I mention the snow?  Pretty snow which I enjoyed being out in -- and got to be out in repeatedly.

Three things I did well today:
1. I went to church(es).  I do not feel this was a particular accomplishment, but given the context I expect most people would perceive it as such.  Oh, and I lifted up someone in Prayers of the People at evening church whom I had wanted to remember to.
2. I bought milk.
3. Tagging.  In other people's journals, but it totally still counts.

Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
["anything that you're looking forward to, that means you're facing tomorrow with joy, not trepidation," as Ari says]
1. Emails of planning-ness which I'm too tired to do right now and/or which are work emails and so of course I am not doing them right now but I will feel all accomplished when they are sent out.
2. Kerrie and Gloria's Glögg party.  (Unless the HBS OSS party happens, in which case I'll probably go to that instead.)
Tags: holidays: jewish, joy sadhana, longest night / solstice

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