Who is Saint Valentine? It is a bit of a mystery to this day. In the medieval times, Valentine was a very popular name. It was disputed that as many as three saints could have been who we think of as St. Valentine, and the Catholic church does indeed recognize all three. As many as 11 other saints with the name Valentine are honored by the Roman Catholic Church. Confusing!
Looking for yet another reason to eat delicious food and give (and receive!) gifts in the upcoming month? Chrismukkah is the ultimate interfaith holiday.
The holiday originated on the television show The O.C. in the early 00’s in a mixed Jewish-Christian household, when Seth Cohen declared that he had “created the greatest super-holiday known to mankind”. It is now a part of pop culture-and isn’t just for interfaith households-but can be celebrated by everyone. Before it worked its way into the mainstream, many Jews were already celebrating Christmas as a “festival of the world around us”. Many contemporary Jews were celebrating Christmas in a secular sense, while celebrating Hanukkah as their religious holiday. Now more than ever, in the year 2016, when the first day of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve at sundown, Chrismukkah can bring friends and family together for food and celebration.
THE FH QUICK CHRISMAKKUH GUIDE
Start the evening out in true Shabbat style with challah bread! A perfect hostess gift is this Shabbat set from Faithhaus, including a beautiful challah cover:
A universally loved appetizer is potato latkes. Here is a great contemporary recipe. Serve with sour cream and applesauce:Wine is a must! This one isn't kosher, but it is made by a Jew. Does that help?Forget lampshades on your head, wearing a yamaclaus at a party is much cooler:
Make your own with this super cute DIY project:
Directions here: http://www.yamaclaus.com/yamaclaus-print/
8 DAYS OF PRESENTS
The Magic of Chrismukkah is in the 8 days of presents, with one special day filled with many presents!
Light the first candle with this contemporary menorah $150
The perfect all natural beeswax candles for the menorah (or a birthday cake!) $23 for 45
A gnome/tomte/nisse lurking on your mantle adds a Scandinavian touch without screaming CHRISTMAS, $20-28
A wreath on the door? Get a year-round rustic look with this faux deer-antler wreath $100For your fashion-forward set the ‘shalom’ necklace in 14k gold:We love it layered with the Bronze Virgin Mary necklace for an interfaith fashion vibe!:
For the home with an organic and modern look this Kiddush cup (doubles as a contemporary chalice!) fits the bill :
The hamsa is the universal symbol of protection and good luck. This gold leaf hamsa is the perfect interfaith décor for your space.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Faithhaus!
If you are like me, you have a child who refuses any reasonable amounts of Thanksgiving food, here are five macaroni and cheese recipes. Macaroni and cheese is one of the maybe ten foods in my son's rotation. I can get him to have bites of turkey, green beans, etc but only in order to get to the good stuff-homemade mac n cheese.
Can I wear a rosary? Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum University “Wearing a sacred object is not the same as using it in a secular or inappropriate manner. In fact, many religious congregations wear the rosary as part of their habit, usually hanging from a belt. There are also several historical cases of laypeople wearing the rosary for devotional purposes. I think that the key to answering this question can be found in St. Paul: "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). In other words, there should be no indifferent or irrelevant actions in the life of a Christian.”
How can you rock the rosary like David Beckham? Shop with us...
The Rosary Necklace from Waxing Poetic in sterling and pyrite $119
Sapphire and jade rosary necklace from Dolce & Gabbana
For the rebel in you- the knife cross rosary from Fitrou $198
Lava stone-or basalt- is known for its grounding properties. Lava Stone Rosary Necklace, $110
So whoever you are and whatever you believe if you wear a rosary necklace be the best person you can be! FH
It is the month of May and it’s time to talk about Mary. The Mary of devotion, the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus. For many cultures the month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary. This month is considered the season of the beginning of new life, the beginning of growth and the fertility of the land. May begins with the crowning of Mary- a tradition of presenting the statue of Mary with a crown of flowers in honor of her existence- and continues with daily devotions dedicated to her. This medieval custom began in Italy and the month of May became the month of Mary. As a woman and a mother I choose to recognize her as such and feel honored on this day as well. No coincidence that Mother’s Day is in the month of May!
Mary is the greatest of all Christian saints it’s believed, since she was the mother of Jesus. As Christ possesses two natures, human and divine, Mary was the Mother of God in his human nature. This special role of Mary in salvation history is clearly depicted in the Gospel in which she is seen constantly at her son’s side during his missions. This Queen is also our Mother but not in the physical sense, she is called a spiritual mother, for she conceives, gives birth, and nurtures the spiritual lives of grace for each person. That’s a mother’s role- to nurture the spiritual life of your child and your family which then spreads through a community and the world. Women can reflect on that each May and realize their universal importance to their family and beyond.
Why not keep Mary close to your heart with a beautiful antiqued bronze medallion on a silk cord? From Tara Gasparian at Jboutiq and adorned with gold beads. Reverence meets fashion. $80