Hanukkah is the festival of lights. Instead of one day of presents we get eight crazy nights!
Happy Hanukkah! Tonight begins the very first night of the Jewish Festival of Lights. This is an eight day long holiday which commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabee Revolt.
We celebrate by lighting a menorah, which is basically a 9 branched candelabra, with one light for each night of the holiday, and an extra light called the shamash, which is used to light the other candles.
This is my menorah. It’s a Noah’s Arc theme, and I’ve had it since I went away to college.
We also play dreidel on this holiday. A dreidel is a 4 sided spinning top, with each side imprinted with a Hebrew letter. The letters are an acronym which translates to “A great miracle happened there.” This is basically a gambling game for children! We have a beautiful dreidel that we got for our wedding. We don’t play with it though!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Jewish holiday without food, would it? We eat foods that are fried or baked in oil, because the original miracle of Hanukkah (and why we light an eight candle menorah) is due to a small flask of oil being found that was supposed to last one day, but burned for eight. One of these foods is latkes, or potato pancakes. This picture was stolen from last year’s Hanukkah post .
People will also eat jelly filled donuts, or sufganiyot. These are (of course) fried in oil.
I’m really excited that it’s Aaron’s first Hanukkah (not that he’ll know at all). So far, we’ve gotten him clothes and lots of books (the Borders near us is going out of business so we got great deals)! I don’t know what else he’s going to end up with, but everything is so darn cute, so it’s hard not to buy it all! I spend a lot of time when I’m nursing surfing the web, just looking for cute things. I’ve found a ton at CSN (every blogger’s favorite online stores!), from cute feeding things, toys, and decor to kids backpacks . It would be so cute for Aaron to have his own backpack for when we go to Israel next summer!
I hope to share more Aaron soon. I keep hoping to blog, and I’m not going to keep apologizing for not doing so, since things are busy. Even though Aaron is a super easy baby, and I would have time to blog, I just find myself doing other things. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of blogging soon! In the meantime, here’s a little cuteness to brighten your day.
Rufio is so protective of Aaron! As soon as we come home, he has to check the car seat to make sure Aaron is there (he does it also when we go for walks), then will often sit right by him! Sorry for such an excess of pictures! I could eat this child up, he’s so cute!