It doesn't look like it in these pictures but our Sukkot weather this year was a huge disappointment. The week before had been idyllic with temperatures in the 70s, low humidity, and sunshine. The first day of the festival was beautiful as well but then things became wet, cold, and shockingly windy. Our poor sukkah had a rough time of it. But when you remember a sukkah is a temporary thing it's not so bad when things are miserable. Who cares if it's a little crooked or the roof keeps falling off when it's only going to be up for eight days? It's not as big of deal to be cold when you know you will be warm soon enough. I think there is a spiritual application here as well.... Present sufferings can't compare to the future glory.
We needed some four by fours for a house project so we decided we would double purpose them by using them to build our sukkah first. That dictated our design this year.
I hesitate to call this 'simple' because I could not have done it, but my husband had this up in less than twenty minutes! We spent about $40 on the lumber (which we needed anyway), so that's hard to beat.
The finished frame. Though we did end up adding a few pieces of scrap wood for a little more support. Don't mind the fire and pear trees in the background.
We wrapped yarn to make the walls! It definitely gave it a temporary feel. We started high enough so Dietrich could walk under it. ---> This turned out to be a great move because he really enjoyed walking in and out of it.
This is about 1,000 yards of yarn. I was able to find made in the USA yarn and spent about $12 so it's an affordable option. It was more tedious to use than curtains for walls (we took a break for a few hours. It didn't really take until sunset.) but I really like how it turned out. Our sukkah was about 10' square so it could hold a dinner table and chairs or a reading chair. Despite the less than ideal weather it was a lovely, shalom filled place to be. YHWH's festivals are a joy to keep!
More pictures later this week!