Rubin pointed to a small brass menorah, barely 6 inches tall. "I had that with me in college," Art Rubin said. "It holds those small birthday candles."
The fun, though, is in the family room with the silly and the whimsical.
For starters, there's the menorah attached to the cork of a wine bottle. Then there're the golf-themed menorahs, especially appropriate, as both Rubins are golfers. On top of the television cable box is a red fire engine with nine candle openings with firemen Mickey, Goofy and Donald hanging on, one several Disney menorahs.
The goofy-looking metal moose on the fireplace mantel was found at the old farmers market, where TerraSalis had a booth.
"I was looking for planters and saw this moose," Art Rubin said. "I looked at it and asked the guy there, 'Is this a menorah?' He said, 'A what?'"
A favorite is the menorah depicting a pediatrician's office. Art Rubin was a pediatrician in private practice for 27 years. He's now assistant dean with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
The Rubins' collection has many sources -- gifts from friends, purchases at The Greenbrier, the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C., gift shops in Florence and Paris, the shops on Bridge Road and from the synagogue's gift shop, where Art Rubin's sister, Ellen Slotnick, is the buyer.
They have tried to show some discipline with their acquisitions with an unwritten rule that for every new item purchased, one has to stay in the bin. Still, the collection grows.
"Art hides the menorahs he buys," according to Missy, who says she doesn't know about them until they appear next year.
The collection will stay out through New Year's, as will the outside decorations of a large inflatable menorah and the lights of blue and white, the colors of Israel.
When the Hanukkah paraphernalia is stored, the Rubin home returns to normal until the following fall, when they bring out first the Halloween decorations and then the trimmings for Thanksgiving.
"We have fire detection in the attic because of how much stuff we have stored up there," Missy Rubin said, laughing.
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