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Happy Hanukkah

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on December 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate this joyous holiday! Tonight we light the first candle. If you wish to delve into my childhood holiday secrets, check out my Winter Holiday Fireside Moments Interview.

We celebrated the holidays with our adult kids this past weekend since we wanted to be with them for our 35th anniversary. On Friday, my husband and I visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a leisurely stroll around. We heard the rumbles from the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, saw Jedi fighting at Star Tours, and observed the Auditions call at the American Idol Experience. It was a pleasant sunny day in the seventies.

Main Street

Hollywood Studios

Sorcerers Cap

Hollywood Studios2

Hollywood Studios3

American Idol



Tower of Terror

Saturday we spent with family, driving into the hilly country north of Orlando to visit my brother and his offspring. Here I am bravely sitting on one of his vehicles.


On Sunday, we went to Downtown Disney’s AMC Dine-In Theater to see Sherlock Holmes. This was fun! You have table service while sitting in reclining seats and can eat and drink through the movie. Try it out if you’re in the area. You can buy tickets online or at walk-up windows. The food was very good with enough variety of choices. You can have salads, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts, or full hot entrees. Beer and wine are available. As for the movie, we liked it better than the first one in the series.

That evening, we went to Timpano’s for dinner. We enjoyed the elegant atmosphere, the delicious food, and the excellent service. They brought us a complimentary slice of ice cream cake for our anniversary. It was the perfect close to a memorable weekend.

Have you finished your holiday preparations? Here’s wishing you a wonderful winter season and a healthy New Year!


7 Responses to “Happy Hanukkah”

  1. Nancy,
    Happy Chanukah to you and your family. We’re going to an outdoor menorah lighting ceremony in our town.

  2. Happy Chanukah, Nancy! Sounds like you had a fun weekend! I love the picture of you on the motorcycle. I’ve got the house decorated and the presents wrapped. Now I’ve got to food shop and prepare. I like pretty much everything done ahead of time so I can relax and just take things out of the fridge and serve.

  3. Louise Hale said

    Great pictures. Looking forward to reading Shear Murder. I’ve missed this series.

  4. Shear Murder was a long time in coming. I hope you’ll think the wait was worthwhile!

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