Photo by chameleoneye for iStock


red head red head assets.rebelmouse.io

At the risk of Black coming up with another potato analogy, for me, Chanukah's all about potato latkes. The childhood memories of our dad grating pounds and pounds of potatoes to the point where I'm not sure I could see our kitchen table to many decades later my eldest daughter taste-tasting latkes from an assortment of places. (I love to cook, but latkes are a lot of work.)

Of course, the lighting of the menorah is also such a special part of the holiday celebration, whether the electric menorah that my parents had where you would "twist" each light bulb as the nights progressed or the more traditional menorah with candles that my daughters and I light each year (and never leave unattended).


Black's Head Black assets.rebelmouse.io


I never cease to be amazed by the miracle of Chanukah (regardless of whether you spell it Chanukah or Hanukkah, or some other variation) and how the oil that was only supposed to last one day instead lasted for eight days. It is as if your cellphone indicated it is at 12% but lasts eight days. Or, if the gas gauge in your car indicates you have 25 miles left, but you are able to drive 200 miles. Sometimes things happen that defy logic, and that is where faith takes over. And a belief in something bigger than all of us.

Tomorrow is the start of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, which celebrates hope and miracles – and who could not use hope and miracles?

Happy Chanukah!

RED+BLACK - Avoid More Danger

'Tis the season … to be safe? Most people don't think of "safety" when it comes to the holidays, but in the hustle-and-bustle of what Red calls the "silly season", it's easy to become careless and vulnerable to theft and other crimes, so here are some safety tips. Plus, winter and especially the holiday season is when there are more home fires, so here are fire safety tips.

Red, who loves lists, put "safety first" on the top of her holiday list. Black suggests she put that on the top of all her lists, all year-long!

Curious about the "Back Story" to our animation teasers? Red's daughter, Sawyer, told us we needed to do some very short animated "teasers" … so Black said, "Great. You want to work in video production. Take the final working versions of our animation and start creating them!" So, she did!

P.S. – For those of you who've met us or seen us at speaking engagements, we'd love to know if you think the animators have accurately captured us! (You can email us at Banter@RedandBlackBooks.com.)

Some things never change, including what we do or, perhaps, more importantly, don't do on Black Friday. So, we're rerunning last year's post, and even though the pandemic had no impact on our answers, the good news is this year, we have more "freedom" than last year and although Black will be working, Red might "recuperate" by going to the movies (House of Gucci is on the top of her list)!


Red's Head Red assets.rebelmouse.io


Easy question, easy answer. No! I never shop on Black Friday as that's my day to relax and recuperate from my marathon Thanksgiving cooking. But maybe I should have as then I could've escaped all of Black's emails that arrived in my Inbox since she works on Thanksgiving and Black Friday (that seems appropriate).


Black's Head Black assets.rebelmouse.io


I have always worked on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but I do shop online on Cyber Monday. Even pre-pandemic, I try to minimize my in-store shopping for the holidays. Too crowded, too time consuming, too inefficient.
Photo by klohka on iStock

As soon as Black wrote it, it became one of Red's favorite posts, so although we had to wait a year to feature it again, we've always known it would become a new Thanksgiving tradition. After all, what could be a better Turkey Day tradition than a perfect memory about a perfect turkey?

And for everyone, we want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving that, as Black says below, is … filled with memories that will last a lifetime.

Today is Thanksgiving, and I cannot help but wonder why we are online. However, everyone has their own way of celebrating. I know that Red is in the kitchen cooking – and watching a marathon of "The Godfather" movies. Which is perfect as turkeys take such a long time to cook and patience is important when you want it perfectly browned. So inviting, so appetizing, so … naked?

Keep Reading ... Show less
True