The title of this weekend’s blog is a reminder that even though the Holiday Season is now underway, the little-to-no appreciable snow or frost here in the great Maine Lakes Region, has the Holiday Season rapidly approaching for many thanks to a very tame fall this year. Many are shopping more and more now, and the air is much more consistently dipping below freezing at night. This week coming marks the beginning of Hanukkah and here is some refresher information on the Jewish Festival of Lights. The key ceremony at the center of Hanukkah has followers on each of the eight nights, lighting a candle on the branched candelabrum called the menorah in celebration of a one-day supply of oil, miraculously lasting over a week for a small band of Jewish people fighting to defeat the Greek army, way back in 165 B.C., which was 2181 years ago!

In modern times, people observing the Jewish faith also celebrate Hanukkah by eating foods fried in oil, such as potato pancakes called latkes. There are also customary games like spinning a dreidel – a top – and children receive chocolate coins called gelt for victories. As we all approach the holiday season , let’s remember and celebrate our differences with people of all faiths who want peace and prosperity. As our Holiday Season progresses and we have the opportunity to gather with friends, co-workers, and loved ones, let’s focus on being inclusive and remember the the real Reasons For The Season cover many faiths and beliefs.

Please be safe and promote safety. Do not drink and then drive, and let’s all commit to assist anyone in question, to not do so. Simple things matter everyone here at Anne Plummer & Associates wants you and your family to enjoy this season to the fullest here in the Maine Lakes Region, or wherever this next few weeks may find you. Be Safe!