Before the busy holiday season even started Sarah and I got busy working on sending our family and friends our holiday card. My special helper made sure each card had her personal touch, a blue or red butterfly stamp.
Our Chanukah celebrations started at our synagogue’s Chanukah community lighting. We hung out with our friends, did arts and crafts and ate soufganiyout, jelly doughnuts in Hebrew. Day 1
Last year, a friend posted a picture of a Chanukah themed gingerbread house that I knew had to buy for Sarah. So on the first day of Chanukah we opened the kit and got to work.
Sarah had lot’s of fun! However, I think she had a much better time eating it shortly after.
Our tradition is to open a gift each night. Sometimes it’s from us and sometimes it’s from other family members. The first night we opened gifts from my parents.Sarah got to light her own menorah she made at school.Day 2
My favorite way to eat latkes is caprese style. Once you try it you wont be able to eat it any other way!
After dinner we lit the menorah. This time Jacob was up for the festivities. He also has his own menorah. However he was more interested in biting his menorah then “lighting” it. Sarah was becoming a pro!Jacob got to open a gift for the first time! He was more interested in playing with the paper. Big sister had to help.
Normally Chanukah coincides with my birthday. This year my birthday was on the 3rd night. I woke up to this little guy and had a beautiful day celebrating (to see more about my birthday click here).
Jacob and I attended our weekly mommy and me class. We had a holiday potluck and a book exchange. I unfortunately forgot about the book exchange. Mommy brain! Our neighbor’s wanted to know more about the holiday and our traditions, so we had them over for some Chanukah fun. Later that night we lit the menorah for night #4.
We started our day at Sarah’s school for her Winter Concert.Later that night we had another neighbor over for some more Chanukah fun . We played driedel and ate latkes.For dinner I made Chanukah shaped baked mac and cheese.
Sarah came home from school with some holiday goodies and this sweet card. For dinner we were invited to hubby’s client/good friend. I thought the decor was so fun and festive. Day 7
We had hubbies family over for brunch. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of my guests :(
Sarah got her first pair of roller skates! Day 8
We started our day at a PJ Library event. Sarah was all into the arts and crafts table.
Later that afternoon we used a gift she got from grandma, edible play dough, and made cookies. For our final night of Chanukah I made a platter of sushi that I shaped into a menorah.
Sarah was quite surprised.
We lit the last candle and opened the last gift. Happy holidays from my family to yours.