Deck the Halls

Paige Trisko of Alpena shares today her treasured Menorah, both a symbol and proud tradition of her Jewish faith.

“Growing up in Northeast Michigan as one of only a few Jewish families has always made celebrating Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) extra special even though it was often isolating as there were not any other Jewish families in my hometown,” she said.

Regardless, this did not impact the joy she felt the year her mother presented her with her own Menorah to have in her own home.

“I had never had my own,” Paige said. “In our home it was traditional to light the single Menorah for the family, but the year I moved to California was the year I lit my Menorah for the first time. Each year since, and into the future, I will continue to celebrate the holiday proudly in pursuit of the light overpowering the darkness in this world.”

This year, Hanukkah started the evening of Dec. 24 and will end the evening of Jan. 1.