A life by chocolate entails finding sweetness in the light and dark. Moreso, it's about addiction to cocoa. An insatiable sweet tooth doesn't hurt. Well, not until the yucky tartar buildup and stuff. To the point, I strive to entertain with topics such as the utter hilarity and cuteness of children; the challenges of dating, my related rationale for celibacy; and chocolate as a precious remedy for it all. Thanks for sampling Life by Chocolate. I hope you keep coming back for more.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Horse-Santa, Happy Hanukah, Sundays In My City

UnknownMami did it again. She does it every week: hosts a wonderfully scenic worldwide party.

So welcome back to Chico, CA, where Santa can be spotted...

                                                                                     looking a little tipsy.

                                               Santa, watch out for that tr---   OOPS!

 I suppose it's one way to dodge a ticket for driving under the influence: dress as a Horse-Santa (?) or a Christmas Tree Horse-Santa or something like that. Regardless, Merry Christmas from our town mascot!
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And, finally...


Happy Hanukah! Last night was the first night, and we've 7 more.

The word, "Hanukah/Hannukah/Chanukah...", Hebrew for dedication, can be spelled over a dozen different ways. So don't worry about misspelling it. Just partake in the food and fun.

In a world where intolerance and oppression thrive, we are wholeheartedly grateful for our freedom to worship -or not worship- as we choose. The Jewish people pray and work towards "tikkun olam," a healed world, one at peace. On Hanukah, as during many other Jewish holidays, we rededicate ourselves to this cause. We also rededicate ourselves to eating as many deep fried potato pancakes (latkes) as possible. Of course, I've even devoured chocolate chip latkes, but that's an acquired taste.



Thanks for visiting. Stay warm, safe, and enjoy the season.

28 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

At least the horse wasn't drinking!
And I got your book yesterday. It looks wonderful, Robyn.

Gorilla Bananas said...

Is that blue fellow in the Hanukah picture the Jewish Santa? He could definitely give some dieting tips to the Christian one.

Tara R. said...

The Horse looks so festive, perfect for the holiday season.

YeamieWaffles said...

That tree one is awesome Robyn, all of these photos are just great, it's good things are getting festive. Enjoy your Hanukkah too!

Adam said...

I like the decorations

Laurie Matherne said...

Happy Hannukah! Enjoy your holidays. Of course, we are always happy to see the town mascot in his finery.

Ruth said...

Happy Hanukkah!
Around here everyone lets their blowups deflate during the day and plug them back in at night.

Keetha Broyles said...


I am LOVING the Santa horse - - - as you knew I would.

The tipsy Santa is very funny, at least if you yourself don't happen to BE the tipsy Santa.

And Chanukah, I just don't know enough about that tradition to do more than admire the lighting of the menorah.

Ms. A said...

Happy Hanukah, Robyn!

PS: About the chocolate chip latkes... chocolate goes good with anything!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Thanks so much, Alex. It's thanks to artist Robin Mead that the book looks spectacular.

GB, that's a little dreidle guy. He's lanky because all he does is spin around all day.

Tara, yes, it's keeping warm too. Smart horse.

YW, thank you. I hope you enjoy the season too.

Adam, tis the season for decorating.

Laurie, thank you. It took a couple trips to capture the mascot. It was hiding from the rain for a while. But I do my best to bring him back every month.

Ruth, hmm, people have interesting traditions with blow-ups. =)

Keetha, I posted the whole Hanukah story last year, but it seemed a bit much. Maybe I'll send it your way.

MsA, thanks. And yes it does.

xoRobyn

cestlavie22 said...

Love all the pictures they certainly made me smile! Absolutely adore the holiday season :)

Chuck said...

Robyn I hope you enjoy your 8 crazy nights (to quote Adam Sandler). Your town mascot is about the best participant in your town pride as you could have. So how are chocolate chip latkes??

Empty Nest Insider said...

Fun photos! Happy Hanukkah Robyn! Julie

Terra said...

my neighborhood has seemed to go a little hot air crazy this year...the blow up decor is taking over in a BIG way. There is a frosty as big as a house in one yard. Hmmm. Well. Happy Hanukah to you!

Nita Davis said...

Lovely post. I couldn't help but smile at the Santa shots. But my favorite was your words on Hanukah. To pray and work towards a 'healed world', a beautiful and important task for all no matter ones faith. Have a great week.

Yvonne said...

Love the santa in the tree picture!

Pat Hatt said...

The horse looks like he was only having light beer, as opposed to the alcoholic santa.

Ducky said...

I think the horse cracked me up the most! Happy Hanukkah! Hope your weekend was wonderful!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Chuck, it's a good combo of sweet and salty.

Julie, Happy Hanukah! Many delicious latkes to you.

Terra, I guess it makes sense they'd go hot air crazy in Colorado this time of year. It's so chilly. Happy holidays.

Nita, yes, thank you. It is, in fact, the core sentiment of many major religions (i.e., Peace on earth, Do unto others...). A great week to you too.

Yvonne, he's pretty cute, but I wouldn't trust him behind the wheel.

Pat, I think you're right. Maybe he should be Santa's AA sponsor.

Cheers, all.
xoRobyn

Powdered Toast Man said...

I think the horse would look better as a giant dradle but that is just me.

Bee said...

These pics are too funny. Happy Holidays! :)

Al Penwasser said...

Looks like Santa needs to do a little work building up his core. Too many glasses of milk and plates of cookies, I think.

Rhonda said...

Happy Hanukkah to you as well. Chocolate chip latkes - Up until today I always thought anything would be better dipped in chocolate, now I am not so sure. LOL - love the photos too.

MamaTim said...

Lovely pix and decorations. Christmas is just around the corner, bet everyone's excited waiting for the day.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

PTM, but then it would need to convert to Judaism. If it's a he, conversion would involve, well, we won't get into that. He'd probably rather remain a Santa-Horse.

Thanks, Bee. Happy holidays!

Al, he needs some time with Jillian. Can you imagine Santa on The Biggest Loser?

Rhonda, I know it sounds wrong. But I think they're worth a try.

MamaT, it seems to hit so quickly year after year.

xoRobyn

Teri Vonn said...

Robyn when will you post a photo of you on the horse? Happy Hanukah my friend.


Unknown Mami said...

Chocolate chip latkes? Get out of town!

Baby Sister said...

Looks like someone needs to pour a pot of coffee down Santa's throat. :) I hope you had a Happy Hanukah!!