Festival of Lights

Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 6th, at sundown and is observed by the kindling of lights.  The nine branch menorah has eight lights to represent the 8 days and one additional light, called a shamash (in the center) which will light the other candles.  Other festivities included playing dreidel and making latkes, which is a favorite with my family…especially with homemade apple sauce!

This card, using Els Van de Burgt Studio Candles (#732) sets on top of my Garden Notes Poinsettia (#1090) with White Pine Boughs (#1091).  Both are done in my technique to hand color with Copic Markers and/or shade with PanPastels Set 2/Bright Yellow Green Shade, then emboss using VersaMark and Ranger’s Super Fine Detail embossing powder in clear.

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Thanksgiving

Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer, wrote this:

Give Thanks

for each new morning

with its light

for rest and shelter

of the night

for health and food

for friends and love

For Everything

thy goodness sends.

Thanksgiving began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. Here, in the United States, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, when in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday. However, most of us remember growing up learning the history of this day as being a celebration by the Pilgrims, after coming to the New World in 1621, the year after their first harvest. In other words, it’s a major holiday and together with Christmas is a part of the broader holiday season!

In honor of this day and keeping the tradition of my family values, I will not be posting this week so all of you can enjoy your family – the most important part of this holiday. I will resume next week and have the fourth giveaway up on Tuesday, December 1st.

In the meantime, enjoy some photos I took at my favorite nursery this past weekend, giving you inspiration for creating beautiful poinsettias. Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

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