Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hanukkah/Chanukah 2009 - Some Different Menorahs

Someone recently saw this Italian tole candelabra hanging over the fireplace in my kitchen, and commented "nice menorah!" And I thought, yeah, it would be a beautiful menorah to celebrate Hanukkah!
An Italian tole candelabra styling itself as a menorah!

The first post Thanksgiving holiday coming up is Hanukkah, falling at sunset on December 11, and going until sunset December 19.
Once upon a time I was married to a nice Jewish boy. Though he was not religious, we had a menorah and a Christmas tree. Well not a proper menorah. After all I was a shiksa - I lined up nine candle holders in a menorah-like grouping.

Nine in a row - hand forged recycled iron menorah from ABC Home

You may already have a menorah, but sometimes it's fun to change things and maybe use things you already have. I chose these for Joni from Cote de Texas last year HERE

If you have nine candlesticks or candle holders, just gather them up for a menorah grouping. Any nine candles are allowed as explained at
So nine votive candles in their holders grouped in line like a menorah would work.
I love these votive holders by Alvar Aalto which you can get HERE. They come in several beautiful colors, and I don''t know if I would choose all the colors, or perhaps nine of the beautiful blue one called blueberry,

I also love this bronze sculpture with nine glass candle holders. I think it would make a striking and lovely menorah. The organic vine and leaf motif is so pretty. Get it HERE

Or use a kicky new style like the pink menorah from ABC Home.
It also comes in red and black - I love the bling!

You can also go shopping with nice Jewish boy Jonathan Adler HERE
He has a great menorah roundup.

I also saw this precious flower mezuzah HERE, which would make a wonderful Hanukkah gift.
Looking forward to seeing how you all celebrate and decorate for Hanukkah!


Jan said...

I prefer menorah to Christmas trees to be honest, although I'm not Jewish (just look as if I am)
I could still have one for decorative reasons though couldn't I?
Thanks V x

The Consummate Hostess said...

Love the image from your kitchen, those candlesticks are amazing! Nice post. Happy holidays!

La Petite Gallery said...

I think your post is wonderful.

I had a mezuzah bought in Venice Italy. We went to the oldest synagogue there. It was there in the time of the Artist Canoletto. He painted the Grand Canal in San Marco with the Doge

Is it true that some of the paintings with people with Red hat's were Jewish? I was told that. Also that there was a curfew in that time in San Marco. Oh well, what next an
Blah Blah Blah.
quess who?

Renee Finberg said...

i am gonna' pee myself....
"nice jewish boy, J.A."

love you

Cristin said...

The wall candelabra is beautiuful and would make a nice menorah. Love your post.


Anonymous said...

Tis the season for tons of candles!