Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fresh Meadows Chanukah House

From the Queens Chronicle:

Glenn Cohn says he does it for the kids, but the Fresh Meadows homeowner seems to get as much from his holiday decorations as the youngsters who visit.

But don’t expect to see candy canes, Santa Clauses or even snowmen at 69-29 172 St. Cohn is Jewish and his displays run to flashing dreidels and inflatable menorahs. “I’ve been doing it for five years and kids love it,” he said. “Cars are always stopping.”

Although outdoor Hanukkah decorations are fairly unusual, Cohn said there are specialty stores that have what he needs. This year, he has eight inflatables, including a snow globe, a dreidel with a gift box, a six-foot and an 11-foot teddy bear with dreidels and three menorahs.

At the Fresh Meadows house, there are flashing lights spelling out “Happy Hanukkah,” a flashing dreidel and menorahs in the windows. Cohn said he does not put up the display to compete with Christian holiday decorations, but rather “I’m just doing my own thing and publicizing the miracle of Hanukkah,” he added.


The Daily News also found one in Brooklyn.

9 comments:

Erik Baard said...

It's terrific to see Jewish participation in the light-hearted public goofiness of the season. There's room for both for worshipful appreciation in our homes and houses of worship and for "Winter Wonderland" cheer. Bring on the Kwanza, pagan Solstice, Saturnalia, and other flavors of decorative tackiness! :)

Anonymous said...

I like the Hannuka house. God bless, be well.

Anonymous said...

Maspeth Mom says...

Good for him - Maybe people can see thru his display that human differences are small. Every one likes fun and cute stuff.

Anonymous said...

Even tho I hate ALL religions and brainwashed religious people that house is pretty cool.

primadonna said...

That's pretty cool.

Anonymous said...

Why not - it add to the sense of overall holiday spirit which is enjoyed by Jews too. It's less fuddy duddy then simply the Menohars in the windows of Jewish house-holds previously. It goes to show Jews are more than what is represented by the common sight of ultra conservatives Hasidic sect that exclude everyone else as non-existent. Thus everyone else - non-hasidic Jews can celebrate their being as they wish and share it with everyone esle. There is room for everyone in the scheme of inclusiveness and peaceful coexistence of celebrating holidays - its joyous!

georgetheatheist said...

Happy Solstice. The days are now getting longer.

Anonymous said...

"Even tho I hate ALL religions and brainwashed religious people that house is pretty cool."


that's the spirit!

Babs said...

I love this!

VERY cool and very unique. . . .

and Happy Chanukah too!