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Judeo-Christian Minions Share Some Family Eye Candy

I am going to start my chat with two quotes from Wikipedia:

"Hanukkah (Hebrew: חנוכה‎, IPA: ['χanuka], alt. Chanukah), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, and may occur from late November to late December on the Gregorian calendar."

"The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a special candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. An extra light called a shamash (Hebrew: "guard" or "servant") is also lit each night, and is given a distinct location, usually higher or lower than the others. The purpose of the extra light is to adhere to the prohibition, specified in the Talmud (Tracate Shabbat 21b–23a), against using the Hanukkah lights for anything other than publicizing and meditating on the Hanukkah story."

You can read the full Wiki article on Hanukkah here.

We celebrated Christmas and Hanukkah with our relatives on Staten Island today. Jesus is Jewish, so I enjoy the best of both worlds and refuse to fight about it. God gave us the right to choose, so I choose both sides of the Bible and believe every word the Holy Spirit has to say.

It's nice to learn from people who can read and write Hebrew. I am struggling to learn how to read and write this language and realize my boys are going to have to learn Hebrew as well so they can keep up with their Daddy's side of the family. :-)

Our relatives are used to the Autism / PDD-NOS issues and have no problem distracting our children, getting them to focus on small tasks to occupy their minds. Noah was quite the little helper tonight. For the first time he was allowed to light the Menorah. A very cool moment I must say for it was totally unexpected. The entire time we were singing in Hebrew that kid was beaming. It felt really good to see him so interested in the festivities and willing to participate without having a melt down. The only odd moment was his insisting on turning off the kitchen lights while we were enjoying dinner. I kept wondering if it was the candle light of the Menorah he was focused on, or the gorgeous Christmas lights from the homes across the street visible through the kitchen windows. He managed to flip that light switch several times tonight. What a cheeky little fellow for it turned into quite a silly game (LOL).

If you were to ask me I'd have to hypothesize that the number one attraction for Noah wanting to visit with Uncle Lester and his family appears to revolve around music. My boy has a thing for guitars and is always grabbing a musical instrument to strum or a microphone to sing into. Sometimes he can be found trying to finger slap Ben's bass, pluck at the violin or attack Alex's keyboards with great gusto (LOL). I have promised him music lessons. He is going to hold me to that promise and I am looking forward to delivering on it. Noah has a beautiful singing voice. Although he is speech delayed and suffering from Echolalia, the fact that he can sing in multiple languages has us very hopeful we can use music as a tool to compensate for some of his learning disabilities. The Autism spectrum can produce some startling traits in its victims. We're hoping to turn this curious trait into a useful strength since my two legged recorder has a ear for music and languages.

Noah picked out some Christmas / Hanukkah family eye candy to share. We enjoyed our evening with our family and hope that you all enjoyed your holiday as well. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and wishing you a very happy New Year.




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Comment balloon 42 commentsC Tann-Starr • December 25 2008 10:32PM


Carolyn, Happy Hannukah to you and your family. It is great that you celebrate the whole spectrum. God did not bring us to judge each other. I look at religion as that--religion. Believing in the power of God is important regardless of the path we choose to get there. It is getting late but happy holidays again.

Posted by Eric McGowan almost 12 years ago

C.-The pictures are great. Good luck on learning the Hebrew language. I took Spanish is school and I do not remember hardly any of it now. I only took one year though. If you let Noah follow his dream in music, you are going to be pleasantly surprised. He may have a disability but the Lord can give him other talents make up for the disability. I can hardly wait to  hear him sing. HINT HINT...... He is adorable with that guitar. Get him a Karaoke machine. He would probably love that. Thanks for sharing this with us.  I love hearing about your family...

Posted by Laura Watts (Positive Properties, LLC) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Eric McG. :-)

Thank you, Laura. I shall have to heed that hint and try to get him on video for you (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Little sister - I really like your photos, there wonderful and the first one with the lights (very nice). I am so glad you had a "Merry Christmas"

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Robert. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Carolyn, Happy Hanukah. Cool pix of the fam... Wishing you and yours a

Happy Holiday Season...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 12 years ago


Looks like you had a blessed day with the minions and more!  Thanks for sharing the photos and I'll be looking for video of Noah making a joyful noise soon!

Posted by Amy Salisbury, West Virginia Realtor/Jefferson/Berkeley (Leading Edge Properties) almost 12 years ago


It looks like a good time was had by all especially the little minions.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 12 years ago

These a beautiful photos of your family gathering, looks like you all had a Happy Holiday!

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) almost 12 years ago


And when the two observances collide ...well, the fun is just non-stop! Nice eye candy, and a great explanation of Chanukah!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 12 years ago

If you need any help with Hebrew let me know.  I would be glad to help anyway I can.  Happy holidays.

Posted by Josef Katz, {Marketing Maestro} (Digital and Direct Response Marketing) almost 12 years ago

I knew you would have a busy day! The boys with fire/candles was so appropriate.. they all love fire don't they? All the best Ms. C...

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 12 years ago

C, wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing your precious family moments with us. It's great that you can celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah.  You boys will grow and be well diversied, appreciative and respectful of different traditions. Because even if we don't believe a certain way we still need to respect others beliefs just as much as we want them to respect ours.  Happy Holidays!

Posted by Tanya Venable, SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant almost 12 years ago

C, Jesus was Jewish and there really isn't a reason to fight over it!  I love you and I feel the same way.  Thanks for sharing Noah with us. 

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) almost 12 years ago

C - great pictures of a terrific celebration of two cultures/religions. Looking forward to the minions seder story.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 12 years ago

Hey girl! Love all the pictures! I felt like I was there with you after I read the story.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Michael. Wishing you and yours a lovely holiday. :-)

Amy, it was a blessing. The kids had fun and we all got to enjoy each other. :-)

Don, they had a blast. Stephen got to bowl for the first time. Poor Noah took a few hits from the Minion Blur (LOL). We all tried to take pictures of Step who managed to disappear each time the shutter tried to catch up with him. That freakin' kid is fast! I do not have a single clear shot of him (LMAO).

Thank you, Caren. Yes indeedy. :-)

Thank you, Richard. It was very unique and lots of fun.

Josef, I could use all of the help I can get and would love to catch up. Enjoy the holidays. ;-)

Susie, they all seem fascinated by them. At one point he thought he was supposed to blow them out like on a birthday cake (LMAO). That was a really fun moment. ;-)

Tanya, that is soooo true. They are such curious little people and they take their cues and prompts from the people around them that they trust. We have to be very careful regarding how we influence them. I want them to embrace life and love God. I want them to be decent men when they grow up. I want them to love good and hate evil. There are so many negative influences in the world, I really believe the most important gift we can give them is to teach them how to learn and make decisions they can stand by.

Susan, my love, I am so glad that you feel the same way. I love sharing the kids with you guys and they get a kick out of being on-line. Noah is always scrolling through YouTube, Disney and AR. He likes video embeds and I never know which ones are going to catch their attention. They laughed themselves silly over the dancing elves and enjoy seeing  Lizette's dog on her porch. My kids are car, music and animal crazy (LOL).

Big Mike, what I lovely idea. I shall have to try and remember sharing Passover. ;-)

Lizette, what a cool compliment. ;-) We have got to get together really soon, especially since Mike is on permanent vacation (LOL). Can't wait for the full retirement to kick in. :-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Carolyn ~ It looks like you had a wonderful celebration.  There's nothing better than slowing down and enjoying the holidays with family!  It also looks like you have a potential rock star there!  : )

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) almost 12 years ago

Kathy, Noah is really starting to get into learning how to play. You never know (LOL). 2009 is going to be very interesting. We're scoping music programs for him. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Carolyn, Sounds like you had a wonderful time and, as usual, great eye candy!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 12 years ago

Carolyn - sounds like a wonderful holiday and good for you for celebrating both sides. I love the photos you shared with us.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) almost 12 years ago

Carolyn, Wonderful post! Wonderful way of celebrating both holidays and I love your explanation. You are quite a special person and your entire family is fortunate to have you. Merry Chanukkah to you all!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 12 years ago

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah!  Wow Noah is getting big!  Music is always the route to happiness and serenity.  Send Noah for lessons, he may be our next Beethoven!  Best Wishes to all.



Posted by Roseanne almost 12 years ago

Looks like you guys had a wonderful time.  Happy Holidays to you and wishing you a wonderful 2009.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 12 years ago

Looks like ya'll had a spectacular time together.  I love all that you are teaching your children and am sure you aren't leaving anything out.  I felt like I was there!  KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) almost 12 years ago

I really enjoyed reading this post Carolyn.  I think that your approach to reconcilling the faith that has shaped your experiences your children is simply beautiful.  I'm struck by how different our world would be if more people thought as you do...Thank you for sharing your thoughts and these images with your friends on Fraiche Aire.

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Happy Holidays to you! I love your attitude regarding the two religions! We have a right to choose what to believe and you are very lucky to experience both religions and are able togain so much knowledge about the bible from both of your families.

And kudos's to you for trying to learn Hebrew! Hello ~ that seems like a difficult task! Good luck and looking forward to hearing about your progress.

Tweet Tweet.

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) almost 12 years ago

Looks like a fantastic holiday. You must be so proud of your minions... they seem talented! ~A:)

Posted by Alisha Harrison, Allyn, Belfair and Hood Canal real estate expert! (John L. Scott, Belfair) almost 12 years ago

How nice of you to open your family celebration to AR. I almost feel I was there. It's way cool that Noah is into music. I'll bet he'll be fantastic at it. And I'm glad to hear your holidays were good.I just can't believe it's over and in a few short days we'll be back to work like normal. Dang...the holidays were just too short.

Happy New Year!

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Barb. We had great fun. :-)

Thank you, Sharon. :-)

Thank you, Margaret. :-)

Thank you, Roseanne. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Stacey-Ann.

Thank you, KM.

Thank you Lola. I appreciate your kind words and enjoy sharing with my friends. ;-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

What a great post and even greater pics!  LOL  Happy (belated) Hanukah & Merry (belated) Christmas! 

I converted over 17 years ago and was Bat Mitvahed about 5 years ago.  Learned Hebrew - but I forgot everything!  LOL  You really need to keep it up.  I make a mean latke though!  ;-)

Thanks for sharing.  :-)

Posted by Sandy Fenton, ABR, ASP, CDPE, GRI -Westchester NY - Condos to Luxury Homes (Keller Williams NY Realty * Licensed Associate Broker) almost 12 years ago

Sandy, very cool (LOL). I learned something new about you today. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Terrie. I shall be tweeting about my Hebrew lessons, among other things (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Alisha. They surprise me every single day (LOL). 2009 should be very interesting. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Marianne, wishing you a very happy New Year and I know exactly how you feel about the holidays being "too short" (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

I was happy to see the photos.  I am glad you guys had a wonderful holiday.  Wishing you all a wonderful new year.  Best of luck learning hebrew.  kiss my nephews.  Love to you all.  Tell Mike I wish I was in his shoes.  Hope to see you guys soon.

Posted by Anonymous almost 12 years ago

I hate when people leave me such a nice message without telling me who they are. Relative? Friend? Co-worker? Clueless here... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Loved seeing the little guys. I'm with you on the celebrating it all. LOVE THIS QUOTE: "God gave us the right to choose, so I choose both sides of the Bible and believe every word the Holy Spirit has to say." YEAH BOY!!!


Happy New Year, my friend!!! May 2009 be THE YEAR that ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!! ~GBU~

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) almost 12 years ago

Elizabeth N, may God bless you and your family and wishing you the best for 2009. <3 C. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

C, I've been away from my computer, on vacation, since the 28th, so I'm slow in getting back to you. Anyway, I wanted to wish you a wonderful New Year. I really hope that 2009 is a great year for everyone.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Marianne. Wishing you the very best for 2009. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

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