Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Chanukah!

Tonight marks the first night of Chanukah, a Jewish holiday celebrating the Maccabean defeat over the Greek-Syrians in the second century BCE. Though it isn't a very important holiday, religiously speaking, it is a lot of fun. We celebrate by eating fried foods like potato pancakes and jelly donuts; playing dreidel; lighting the chanukiah (menorah); and exchanging presents. What's not to love?

We began our Chanukah preparations last month when Dan's sister Amy was in town. We went to a make-your-own-pottery place where Zahara painted her first masterpiece. Last time we visited one of these places was almost exactly a year ago in Harrogate. What a difference a year makes!

Zahara, 2013

This time, Zahara was in charge and she loved it. We painted a plate and really let her go to town. It was very messy, but so sweet. I loved watching her concentrate and place the brush just-so. She took several breaks to run around the store making friends with a table of little boys.

The plate actually turned out quite well and will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come. Or, maybe we'll just use it to serve the latkes.

Read about previous Chanukahs:
2013 in Barcelona, Spain
2012, and 2011 in Harrogate, England

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