Friday, December 3, 2010

Chalica Chalice

I really wanted to have a special Chalice to celebrate Chalica. I would love to have the one on the Chalica site, but unfortunately it was a little too expensive for this year and it wouldn't have arrived in time. So, I made my own version. The picture is horrible, but looks a little nicer when you click on it. The holders are from Michael's and the candles from a Hallmark store. I think it turned out quite nice and was pretty cheap to make. The kids love it and can't wait to light the red candle on Monday.

I also wanted to make sure you Facebook users know that there is an excellent Chalica page full of resources. So check it out!


Amy said...

If there weren't a holiday called Hanukah, would this be called Chalica?

Maybe someone thought it was a respectful nod to Judaism, but as a Jewish-born UU who celebrates Hanukah, I have to tell you it doesn't feel that way to me. It feels like something important has been made to sound silly.

I appreciate playfulness, and that that's at work in the name "Chalica," so I hope those who celebrate this holiday will put their creative heads together and come up with a name that stands on its own and doesn't make light (no pun intended) of other people's celebrations. Maybe digging into our own UU heritage would be the key.

Word verification: blessit!

Crystal said...

We have been struggling to find our own UU winter celebration without infringing on other beliefs that don't fit our own. I hadn't heard of Chalica before and have been attending UU church for over 4 years.

While I appreciate the ingenuity of establishing our own UU holy days, there is distinct similarities between this and other religious holidays that does make it feel a little unauthentic.

While I do love the idea of celebrating one of the traditions each night and having something of our own it's difficult for me to embrace this celebration. But I want to, just for the fact it is a UU holiday and not one of the Big Two.

Your candles are fabulous though, great work!

plaidshoes said...

I must admit, Amy, that I didn't really catch the name similarity to Hanukah. I just assumed it was the best thing they could think of based on the only "symbol" we have. I am not a fan of the name, but am not sure what else to call it. I see your point, though and hope that wasn't the real reason they chose Chalica. I, personally, don't feel like they are making light of Hanukah.

I also feel that maybe it started off as a somewhat playful holiday, but now I feel like people are really trying to make it a meaningful way to celebrate UUism. Compared to what I saw a few years ago, it has come a long way in depth and purpose.

plaidshoes said...

Crystal, I know what you mean about it feeling not authentic. I think that is why I didn't really embrace it. But, I thought, why not devote a week to really understand what it means to be UU. I don't think it needs to be held up to the historical and sacred significance of Christmas or Hanukah. Because it is December, I think maybe people are thinking it needs to be elevated to that status. But, sacredness in UUism is different. It is what each individual makes of it. I have spoken before about how much I think we miss out on being connected through shared holidays. This is our opportunity. Sure we are not celebrating the miracle of light or the birth of the Savior, but we are celebrating something uniquely ours and deepening our faith within it. It might not feel like it has the weight of other religions, but it doesn't need to. It is not replacing or competing with them.

Strange Attractor said...

Your colorful row of candles is a lovely solution. It is quite pretty.

I too, think we could gain a lot from shared holidays. The trick is how to make it feel authentic and profound. Hannukah, Christmas, Solstice, Eid - these holidays go back centuries and tie us to what went before. How do we share a holiday as UU's without it feeling fake? How do we get that grounding?

Kathy Klink-Zeitz said...

I don't think there was any nod toward Judaism or Kwanzaa. It is just a slight change of our only symbol the chalice. The seven days is because we have seven principles.
plaidshoes I like your candles! thanks for the nod toward my site. I have a friend that used 1 chalice and 7 different colored candles. after she used them she put them on a shelf one after the other it was an interesting idea.