“At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of
Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Often it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light.”
– Rabbi Rafael Goldstein
Menorah or Christmas tree, this time of year re-energizes a feeling of hope and light. Last Saturday night, the Montrose Christmas Parade made its way (Santa flew) down Honolulu Avenue. The rainy weather did nothing to diminish the warmth and joy of the season. The parade’s participants and spectators may vary in culture and faith, but Crescenta Valley is unique as we are able to come together and enjoy community. The evening overflowed with both hope and light.
This year I rode the route with the CV Weekly group, atop a flatbed truck. My last week’s prediction of “just a 30 % chance of rain” got upped to 100% when parade-time actually arrived. It wasn’t your typical rain shower, either. A very heavy drizzle or a steady light rain would best describe it. I didn’t take the prediction very seriously, especially after looking at the “all clear Doppler radar” before leaving the house. No umbrella… Needless to say, by the end of the evening I was soaked. At least it wasn’t too cold. No complaints here … it was a beautiful evening.
The street scene on parade night could have been one from a French Impressionist painting. Light from the streetlamps was diffused and reflected off the mist as it fell continuously throughout the evening. Colors from Christmas decorations, seasonal clothing and the various umbrellas were blended into magical and surreal tones.
This Saturday, Dec. 8, the first night of Hanukkah begins at sundown. The holiday commemorates the victory of the Jewish people over Greek suppression 2,000 years ago and also other oppressors throughout history. The celebration lasts for eight days. It is a time for parties and family gatherings – gifts and holiday food included! In Jewish neighborhoods, candle lit menorahs are displayed in windows. As it is the custom for each child to light her/his own, so windows may display several shimmering menorahs. With good reason Hanukkah is referred to as “The Feast of Lights.”
This season is one of celebrations. Even the weather can add an element of excitement. Last week’s series of storms added 1.97 inches of rain. Secondary to the need for rain, was my thrill of calling the amounts within .03 inches. (I had predicted two inches.) No calls from The National Weather Service to enlist my advice yet! So our grand total, thus far, for the 2012-13 season stands at 4.88 inches. More to come…
Dry and cooler temperatures with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s are forecast into next week. Gusty NE winds may blow through Monday-Tuesday. No rain on the map – yet.
~ Happy Hanukkah! Enjoy the days…
Dec. 6 Records
High – 90 (1938)
Low – 34 (1951)