I know it isn't even August yet, but the Jewish holidays are arriving on the "early" side this year which means that if you want to be smart, now is a great time to start thinking about your succah decorations! You know, those decorations that you never seem to have time for because once the holiday season hits there are so many other things to do?
I was just trying to clean out the attic a bit and found these sweet little ornaments (which I acquired when my mother cleaned out her house) which look like they are made in Mexico or Guatemala, and could really be sweet in the succah, don't you think? Okay, its true I may not use all of them, for example I don't think I really want the likeness of a rat in my holy succah, but a lion and an eagle are certainly fine as are the other human visitors.
These really are so sweet aren't they? I will very likely remove the little straw hanging loops and if I end up making garlands with them I'll use a needle and some string. Of course they would look great affixed to a frame of some kind which one can then use as a welcome sign.
So, lets get started thinking about our succahs, and in your summer travels (even if it is a trip to an import store of some kind) do keep you eye out for cute and colorful handcrafts from around the world!