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Friday, December 11, 2009

The First Night



Let us count the ways.....
Hanukkah
Hannukah
Chanuka
Chanukah
Channukah
Chanukkah
I know there must be more,
but however you spell it,
have a happy eight days!

A little story.....
Tonight, Simon's memory will probably kick into play when we strike the match to light the first candle.  It's funny how such a small gesture can arouse, not only a child's excitement, but also a little Yorkie's.  See, Simon is a spoiled little pup that receives a present on each night of Hanukkah (the only one that does in this household).  Granted, the gifts lack excitement in human terms, (they're just regular old treats) but he's easy to please.  The moment that match is struck and we start to recite the blessings, the light guy begins yapping and running around in circles.  As the week progresses, he tends to become even more impatient and demanding of his present.  The first year we began giving him gifts each night, which was only a couple of years ago, he had us in stitches on the ninth night (right, you got it, there is no 9th night).  Our ritual is when dinner is over and the dishes have been cleaned, we walk downstairs to the media room where the menorah sits on the bar countertop (appropriate place, huh).  Well, wouldn't you know, on that 9th night, when he realized we weren't coming downstairs, we heard him yapping down there.  Initially, we thought he was telling us he needed to go out, since that is where he normally leaves from to do his business, but when I came downstairs, he was sitting facing the bar counter.  That little munchkin.  I do have a video somewhere, I might just have to post it one night.

15 comments:

Bearman said...

Not to be nitpicky but you lit the candles from the wrong end. One on the right should be lit for day 1.

KaLynn said...

our four legged children are very smart indeed!!

hey bearman, the picture is just backwards, that's all! =0)

yorksnbeans said...

You're right Bear...how did you know that?? And I agree with KayLynn, the photo is just backwards. :-)

NobblySan said...

Dogs are amazing when it comes to picking up routines - especially where food is involved.

We used to train puppies for 'Guide dogs for the blind' (I'm not sure what you over there in the 'states call them), and when we got our first pup, our supervisor told us that if we ever fed it from the table, he'd know. He was right, as well....No1 son gave him a scrap from the table ONCE (the dog, not the supervisor) and he never left us alone at mealtimes after that.

Bearman said...

I know everything YNB.

yorksnbeans said...

Aahhh...the know it all! ;-)

yorksnbeans said...

Nobs....We've certainly learned that lesson!

Kristina P. said...

My boss is Jewish, so I've learned a lot about Jewish holidays. It's been great!

linlah said...

The look of anticipation on your dogs face must be priceless.

nonnie9999 said...

you forgot one spelling, ynb. happy chaka khan! give simon a latke for me.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Happy Hanukkah!
xo

dave hambidge said...

Does not Tootise get a treat each day as well?

bschooled said...

Ha! I can just imagine poor Simon feeling bummed about Hanukkah being over.


Happy Hanukkah Yang!

Bearman said...

Beano...I left you a present post at my site today

Geonite said...

Why were there candles on the whole Hanukkia on the first night?

It isn't a Menorah, it's a Hanukkia. The Menorah is what was lit in the temple and it had six lights not eight.