Put on Your Yarmulke – It’s Time for Hanukkah!

Reference? Why, it’s the Adam Sandler Chanukah Song, of course! And that means it’s time for the Festival of Lights! Or, as my Ex calls it, “The holiday where Jews increase the risk of burning their houses down by 700%.”

hanukkah menorah

Today is the second day of Hanukkah (or Chanukkah, if you’re so inclined). My self-imposed mission? Show my half-Jewish / half-Christian son that Judaism is AWESOME. This is no simple task. First, he has a culturally Jewish but spiritually agnostic mother (i.e. me) whose daily life involves very little in the way of religious activity. Second, he attends a Christian preschool and receives twice weekly instruction in the teachings of a certain carpenter. (You know who I’m talking about.)

I want my son to be proud to be Jewish, so I am launching a pro-Hanukkah campaign. Sure, it’s technically a minor holiday as far as Jewish holidays go, but with Christmas on its heels, I cannot allow Hanukkah to disappoint. That is why, for last night’s present, my son received the oft-discussed and HIGHLY coveted Thomas and Friends “Misty Island Train Set.” Oh yeah, baby. I’d like to see Santa top that. (He won’t, of course, since I plan to have a very serious talk with the Ex and set strict guidelines around what Santa may or may not give our child.)

Each night, G and I are lighting the Hanukkah candles and saying the blessing over them. I picked up a menorah from Target for this activity; actually, I picked up the only menorah from Target for this activity. After passing through an entire quarter of the store dedicated to Christmas, I reached the sad, sole aisle at the back corner of the store where the Hanukkah accoutrement lay, picked over and abandoned. I found the only menorah in the store and brought it home for us to use. I also made a mental note to send an angry letter to the store manager over the anti-Semitic message sent by the placement and disarray of the Hanukkah supplies.

Tonight I will be making potato latkes (aka the most delicious holiday food imaginable). potato latkes The mere mention of those delectable fried treats had G smacking his lips this morning. I’ll put that as another win in the Hanukkah column, assuming we don’t have a repeat of Latkegate 2008. Without getting into details, let’s just say it involved a pound of potato peels and a very expensive plumbing bill.

Finally, there are the songs. Trying to sing “Dreidel, Dreidel” from memory proved unsuccessful and “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah,” is kind of a downer. A quick appraisal of the situation reveals Adam Sandler’s Chanukah Song to be the best holiday song out there. And so that is what we will be singing. For those of you who somehow are not familiar with The Chanukah Song – or if you just want to enjoy it again – take a look at the video below.

To all those celebrating, “Have a happy, happy, happy, happy Chanukah!”

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