December 23, 2008

Hanukkah at our house

We've been sick for a week which is why I haven't posted, but I finally feel close to the living again.

It's the second day of Hanukkah and we've "lit" our menorah twice. Somehow we managed to lose one of the flames though. Still looking for it! I haven't made the latkes yet, but I think I'll pick up some jelly donuts tonight to represent sufganiyah. We've yet to learn the hora but none of us has felt much like dancing since we can barely breathe. We've been reading some books. Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah taught us the lyrics to the song that- no we aren't singing- but we are playing everyday. We read How I Saved Hanukkah, which is about a little girl who doesn't like being different. She's the only Jewish girl in her class and she really wants to celebrate Christmas. It was a cute story and the end result, of course, is that she realizes that it's o.k. to be different. Robotson wants me to read it to him again. We are reading one story each night from While the Candles Burn: Eight Stories for Hanukkah. The first one was alright. No actually, it was stupid. It's about this guy who says god will bless him and he takes each day as it comes. Well the king wants to test him and each day he makes it harder for him to earn money to buy food to eat. Eventually he's made a king's guard and given a sword but no money. So he trades the sword for food and fashions a wooden hilt. The next day he is ordered to behead a criminal and so he says if the guy is really guilty, his sword will be made of metal. If not, his sword will be wood. Well of course the sword is wood, everyone is amazed, and he becomes the king's advisor. Yay! Only god didn't do anything. Even Robotson didn't fall for that one. There are many more books out there but there hasn't been time to get them all. Perhaps another year. Robotson knows the history behind the holiday and he is enjoying celebrating it. In fact, I think we are all having a good time. It's fun to spread the holidays out but I'm glad we are still getting a visit from Santa. :) Here are some pictures from the last couple of days.

The menorah arrives!

The first day of Hanukkah.  

Day two, sock monkeys!

1 comment:

  1. All in all, it sounds like a fun way to introduce a new culture.

    Sorry you've been sick. We're all going through bugs like crazy this fall/winter. Seems like it never ends.

    Enjoy your day tomorrow!