I Married A Gentile

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© Jan Hoffman
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Forty-three years ago last October I was lucky enough to marry Nancy, an Irish Catholic. As a Jew I was not initially prepared for a number of holidays and rituals but now after forty-three years it all seems so "normal" and right to me.
This is one of several trays of ornaments that just did not fit right on the Christmas tree. It all involves themes, artistic balance but most importantly: how much room there is to hang the bazillion ornaments that we have.
No doubt next year these ornaments will be rotated into use again.

24 responses

  • James Wei

    James Wei   said (28 Dec 2007):

    Hehe, I am speechless with these artefacts.
    Beautiful presentation and mood though. Great shot!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (28 Dec 2007):

    James -- Thanks for the comment.
    --Best regards, Jan

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (11 Jan 2008):

    Charles -- Thanks! I guarantee that Bucky will rejoin his friends on the tree next year.
    --Best regards, Jan

  • judy fouse

    judy fouse gave props (16 Jan 2008):

    And I thought I had a variety of ornaments. Very cool. My background Irish but not Catholic.I ususually try to put up two Christmas trees, but still can't get up all the ornaments.

  • Jason Watt

    Jason Watt (Deleted) said (25 Feb 2008):

    Good work. Interesting narrative quality, with humour.
    Respect your 'tour' history immensely.

  • Rook Rook

    Rook Rook said (27 Mar 2008):

    i almost can feel it... actually I do feel it. Love this shot!

  • Julie Norris

    Julie Norris gave props (9 Aug 2008):

    One reason I like doing just the menorah, much less to store :) Excellent shot and fun ornaments!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (9 Aug 2008):

    Very cute story!

  • coco rose

    coco rose said (27 Sep 2008):

    I married an Italian Catholic but I got so into the whole holiday spirit that he ended up complaining about all my decorations.....I was a quick convert....not to the faith but to the holiday spirit......love your ornaments.....

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    I love looking at this photo.

  • Brandi Engeman

    Brandi Engeman said (20 Nov 2008):

    I just love this, I feel every year that if I leave a favorited ornament off the tree I am somehow betraying its feelings and you have captured this feeling with your little box of ornaments...and your comments on marrying interfaithfully reminds me of my first Christmas with my husband! What memories...

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (5 Mar 2009):


  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    We always celebrated both growing up/now - y'know the Chanukah bush AND Santa Claus!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) said (6 Feb 2010):

    Caught this on the spotlight, Jan. Crazy, cool shot, and congratulations on your successful marriage!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (6 Feb 2010):

    wonderful light and color!

  • Away to noway

    Away to noway said (6 Feb 2010):

    i dont have a proper commet to write but i just wrote it coz thats a nice pic

  • Vicki Koch

    Vicki Koch said (6 Feb 2010):

    Glad to see the Badger on the tray - GO Wisconsin, and I am glad a Jew loved me one day over 2000 years ago. You sound like a lovely husband, and a lovely couple. ♥

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (7 Feb 2010):

    Congratulations on your 43 years together and the ability to enjoy one another's celebrations.

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (10 Feb 2010):

    love your story!

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (13 Feb 2010):

    this is lovely, jan -- both the image and the backstory

  • Russ Wills

    Russ Wills gave props (17 Feb 2010):

    Love the story!

  • Jade  Vreeland

    Jade  Vreeland said (19 Feb 2010):

    lol great idea

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (17 Aug 2010):

    Love the story! Great shot.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    E X Q U I S I T E n t r y !

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