Wednesday, December 08, 2010

DiversityTastes Divine

When my older son was in kindergarten, we learned a song:

Hanukkah, Hanukkah, festival of lights.
Hanukkah, Hanukkah, seven days, eight nights.
Hanukkah, Hanukkah, let the dreidel spin.
Hanukkah, Hanukkah, let's all join in!

(I'm pretty sure it's an old Hap Palmer tune.  Love Hap Palmer, even if he neglected to mention the latkes!)

So tonight--the eighth night of Hanukkah--we lit eight candles (even if some were peppermint-striped and some shaped like Christmas trees).
If you counted nine, that's because we used a shamash or helper candle.

And we fried our latkes--you have to love a holiday that involves fried foods!
Sizzle, sizzle.

Yep, served on our The Night Before Christmas plates.
With homemade applesauce on top...Oh. My. Goodness.

We spun our dreidels while we ate.  Long ago I made up little rhymes to help my feeble brain the kidlets remember what to do:
  • Shin (shin, shin, put one in).  
  • Nun (none in, none out).  
  • Hay (hay-af, half--one for the pot, one for me, one for the pot, one for me). 
  • And Gimel (gimel, gimel, gimme all).
It took a lot of spins to get my mini-dreidels to come up Gimel.
I like the win/win of celebrating holidays from other traditions and cultures.  Celebrate, understand, respect, coexist peacefully.  We can learn a lot from kindergartners.

Dedicated to learning good things,


  1. Thanks so much for sharing your Hanukkah celebrations. It is so interesting to learn about it. Your latkes look yummy.

  2. I think I am going to have to celebrate Hanukkah, I love fried food!! Thank you for sharing and stopping by!


  3. I'm not sure how I found you but I wanted to say hello, I was here! I love learning about the traditions of other religions and cultures...Hanukah has been on that I completely enjoy. Latkes, yum!
    Merry, Happy, Happy, to you.

  4. Mmmm, the food looks delish and the table looks lovely. What a wonderful tradition, Pogonip. Many blessings to you this season:)

  5. Loved your Hanukkah post. I wish you would do more. It is truly fascinating and your pictures are wonderful.

  6. I have a dumb question, is a latke the same as a potato pancake? My mom used to make something that looked just like these.
    Wishing you and the Bombshells much Joy this season!

  7. Hanukkah is looking mighty fine! Oh Ya, latke looks delicious, I am sure Julia Childs would approve!! Happy Holidays to you!