Tuesday Dec. 15, 1942
Only 9 days til Christmas. It’s not too late to buy that glamorous mink coat for only $950 – if you can find the money, a problem for Fibber McGee and Molly tonight at 8 PM on WMAQ. Fibber McGee had lost the $15 he had saved for Molly’s gift. He resorts of a fortune teller who charges $5 for three questions.
Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights, had started on December 4 and ended December 12. My mother would light candles in a menorah starting with one the first night and adding a candle each night to commemorate the miracle after the 2nd Century victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Empire. When the Maccabees freed the Second Temple in Jerusalem, only enough oil was found to keep the Eternal Flame alight for one night. It would take a week to make more. Yet the flame lasted for eight days. My parents probably didn’t exchange gifts. This was still a minor Jewish holiday, mostly for children who got small tokens such as chocolates and oranges.