Wordless Wednesday: Our First Hanukkah

My daughter and her best friend, who happens to be Jewish, have been having discussions about religion for several months.  All of this culminated in my daughter asking if we could celebrate Hanukkah this year.  We are a Christian family so we compromised and decided to try out different aspects of the Hanukkah celebration.  Tonight was Project Latke.  So far, our first Hanukkah is delicious.

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  • Amy that is awesome! My husband is Jewish and I always wonder why more Jewish holidays are not explored and celebrated since they are rooted in the Old Testament. We love celebrating being a light in this world both for Hanukkah and Christmas.

    And Latkes…are delicious!

    • Our issue is that while it would make complete sense to hold a full Passover feast as a Christian family, the story of the Maccabees took place outside of the Bible entirely, so we have to keep it more of a history lesson in our house than a religious celebration. With that said, bring on the food 🙂

      • Linda McCormick

        True, no Maccabees in the Bible, but then I don’t see a Christmas tree either! 🙂

        • Yes, but thankfully we don’t celebrate Christmas because of a tree. Hanukkah is celebrated because of the Maccabees. See the ginormous difference?

          • LInda

            Yeah, maybe YOU don’t but there are plenty of people who do — Santa and the tree are what it’s all about for some.

  • I think this is such a great idea! What a wonderful learning experience!

    • I also learned that grating potatoes is messy. 😉

  • Good for you! I think it’s great you celebrated something new. We’re a Jewish family but always take part in Christmas celebrations as well. I think it’s important not to shut anyone and their religion out. And yeah, fried potatoes, how can you go wrong with that?!

    • Exactly! We also played the Dreidel game and enjoyed each eating a piece of Gelt.

  • Amanda

    I love this Amy, we’re doing the same tomorrow and have been talking a lot about Hanukkah with the girls. Love that you’re doing this!

    • Okay, so does that mean that you guys will be the one and only family in all of Kentucky celebrating Hanukkah? Bwahahahaha.

  • I think it’s great that you are open to exploring aspects of hanukkah, my daughter hasnt encountered any Jewish friends yet but if/when she does I want to teach her about the OT roots 🙂

    • Thanks, Ashley! My seven year old really led the way with this. I was just happy to come along for the ride.

  • anne

    oh man those look so good

  • Food is such a great way to explore other cultures! My family is Jewish, and while there is no way I would let my kids get a Christmas tree or stockings to decorate our apartment, I’, all over the eggnog and Christmas cookies 🙂 Food really is the great equalizer, isn’t it?

    • Exactly! Away in the Manger being sung in your house isn’t quite right, but dipping a candy cane sugar cookie into peppermint hot chocolate, totally Kosher 😉

  • from one jew to soon to be another jew 😛 I’m very happy to hear your daughter wants to become a MOT 🙂

    • Just admit it, Adam. You get a free iPad if you get me to join the Tribe.

      • well who knew – sweet (are you gifting me the iPad cause clearly the other jews would be too cheap)

        ps. I’m allowed to make the cheap jewish jokes – my last name is Cohen 🙂

  • Ohhhh those look so yummy! I love a good latke!