For me, personally, Chanukah 2022 takes on a very special meaning as it is the first year that we celebrate the holiday as a family of four. My wife, Lauren, and daughter, Colby, and I are blessed to welcome into our family our son, Camden, who was born last February. Next week, we will introduce Camden to the rituals of Chanukah: lighting the menorah, eating latkes, opening gifts. It is our hope that as Camden gets older, he, too, will find Chanukah to be a very meaningful holiday that he looks forward to every December.
On another level, this year’s Chanukah promises to be particularly important because it will provide our immediate family with the opportunity to celebrate with our extended ones. As COVID has prevented us from getting together for larger gatherings over the past few years (even recently as this past Thanksgiving), we are very hopeful that we can celebrate Chanukah with relatives who we haven’t seen in a long time. For that, we would be most grateful.
On behalf of our family to you and yours, we wish everyone a most joyous Chanukah.
David Ostrowsky is a sports reporter for Atlanta Jewish Times.