Happy Hanukkah

It hasn’t been mention, but Brenda and her mom are Jewish. I am Christian. So we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. It is very educational for Lisa and me. Brenda seems to enjoy both holidays. Hopefully there is never any tension or problems over what could possibly be a very controversial difference in religion. I have always been open minded. I try not to be dogmatic. After all I am only human. I am not the final say in what is. I hope Brenda learns to love God, life, and the world with her family and friends.

The Menorah In The Window

I want to wish everyone a happy Hanukkah. We have been enjoying celebrating the Festival of Lights. We light the menorah at sun down. Here is why.

The Story Of Hanukkah

Long ago, Israel was ruled by people who prayed to many gods. At first they let the Jews pray to their own one God. Then a king came to power that ordered the Jews to bow down to his gods and took over their temple.

One Jew, Mattathias gathered a army to fight the king. The army was led by his son, Judah the Maccabee, which means hammer.

After three years of fighting, the Jew finally won. When they entered the temple again, they saw was filled with the statues of the king’s gods. They searched for the Torahs and the menorah. They were able to find the menorah, but they only found a tiny jar of holy oil. The oil was only enough to last for one day. It would take eight days to make more.

A miracle happened. The small amount of holy oil lasted all eight days until more holy oil could be made. Lighting the eight candles at Hanukkah celebrates this miracle. The Jews also celebrate the perseverance of their religion during Hanukkah. Also is a great time to share time and celebrate with your family.

Small Hanukkah Gifts

I give Brenda a little gift of chocolate gelt, cookies and some coins every night. I gave Brenda a penny bank and she really enjoys putting change into it. I believe it is a good way to get her used to handling money and saving it. It is at least a good motor skill.

Dreidel

I have tried to play dreidel with her. She really doesn’t get it, but she has fun play with the dreidel and pennies. When she throws the dreidel down, I follow the instruction of the side facing up. She did seem to handle the dreidel better each night. I keep it up as long as she is enjoying it.

The fifth night we baby sat my niece and nephew. They had fun playing dreidel with us. Joli, John, Lisa and I each started with eight each. Joli took home the most winnings of chocolate gelt.

The Food

I read that eating food cooked with oil is a way to remember the miracle of the menorah’s holy oil. We made matzo ball soup and potato pancakes and the first night. The second night we had some more matzo ball soup and french fries. After a couple nights the fried food got a little heavy, but we had latkes one more time. They were really good with a strawberry banana apple sauce. Brenda liked them plain however. A couple other time I made fried sweet potato and broccoli tops.

Over all I would say Brenda and us had a pretty good Hanukkah. For those who celebrate Hanukkah, we hope you had a happy Hanukkah too.

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