By Carl Pierre / @carlpierre
As most people know, it’s easy to grow weary of the dizzying over-stimulation that is Christmas. From the horrible Hallmark jingles that seem impossible to forget to the throngs of shoppers fighting to the death for a singing Elmo doll, it’s easy to catch what I call “Christmas Fatigue”. Christmas Fatigue has one sure-fire remedy.
There is a smorgasbord of holidays to choose from, including my all-time favorite Hanukkah.
As it so happens, the National Menorah Lighting Ceremony starts today. Here are three solid reasons to check it out:
1. It will be lit more than once.
Every year there is an over accumulation of hype over the National Tree being lit; people taking pictures in tacky sweaters, busting out thermoses of their home-made hot chocolate, and general Christmas-related tomfoolery. But once the button is hit and the lights go on, it’s all over. With the National Menorah there are nine beautiful candles to be lit, so if you happen to miss a lighting, there are several more to check out. Why witness a touching lighting ceremony once, when you can relive it again and again?
2. The food is damn delicious.
Whether you’re part of the tribe or not, it’s hard to say no to hot latkes and donuts. Did I mention they’re free? That’s right, oh snap. Indeed sir.
3. It’s fun for all you Goys (no, not a misspelling) and Jewish People
For those not familiar with Hanukkah or who were not lucky enough to grow up with a Jewish Deli in their neighborhood, it’s a fantastic way to connect to a new tradition. Having been to a few menorah lightings myself, it’s a heartening ceremony that includes live music, guest speakers, and free menorah kits (for those who put off buying that menorah until the last minute).
The lighting of the first candle starts this afternoon at 4:00pm EST near the front of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. Come by and nosh!