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happy new year everyone, please enjoy a picture of me eating a french fry while sitting on my kitchen table

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The past two years, I’ve lived in a house where the landlady banned candles. She also put up a Christmas tree every year in the living room. I didn’t really mind that the tree was there; it didn’t mean anything to me. I didn’t really think I minded not being able to light the menorah, either.

At the beginning of this month, I moved to a new place. I got a menorah and candles, and I lit the shamash and sang the prayers.

It felt like getting a piece of myself back.

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I’m using “Hanukkah” in this blog post. I could just as easily use “Chanukah” instead; I’d feel the same way about it.

They’re both wrong. That’s how I see it. Sometimes you’re just stuck with using the wrong word as a label so that you can communicate with people who can’t understand you. It will always be spelled correctly – in Hebrew – in my heart.

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Last year I told myself that every time someone at work told me “Merry Christmas” when it was Hanukkah, I would reply, “Happy Hanukkah!” I didn’t end up doing it every time, but I got braver about it the further into the week I got.

There were never any outright negative reactions, thank G-d. Mostly people seemed confused. They would do a double take as they walked away from me, as though wondering if they’d heard me correctly.

“Merry Christmas!” one woman said late in the week.

“Thanks, Happy Hanukkah!” I said.

“That’s right!” she said with a big grin and a little laugh. “And Kwanzaa!”

It was not Kwanzaa.

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And that’s a wrap! See you next year!

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Happy 5th night of Hanukkah! Wishes for warmth and light for everyone’s end-of-2020.

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Panel 1: “I’ve always described myself as a devout agnostic because I feel more reverence in holding space for mystery than a solid opinion about deities.” (image of Kim surrounded by the cosmos with a big question mark).

Panel 2: “But I like rituals, songs, and holidays, particularly when they’re linked to the seasons and lunar cycles.” (image of Kim lighting candles on a menorah).

Panel 3: “This year has been strange and next year is full of uncertainty, but I hope that you are able to kindle some light in the darkness in whatever ways are meaningful to you.” (image of Kim holding out a glowing heart).

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Balls,” said the queen. “If I had them, I’d be King.

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Happy Hanukkah from P.S.260! 

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Hope everyone enjoyed the first night last night, and that we all continue to make way for new traditions as we find creative ways to celebrate this year. Remembering 2019’s nightly office menorah lighting with Maury… Chag Sameach!

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Please enjoy these out takes from my holiday card shoot, I have the least photogenic dog in history and she is a fucking asshole

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You would not believe the “Merry Christmas”s I got at the doctors offices today in this outfit🤦🏻‍♀️

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