4 down, 4 to go.
family hanukkah

We’re smack dab in the middle of Hanukkah right now. And, as Naomi pointed out last night as we lit the candles–the days go too fast. I suppose that’s what happens when you fill them to the brim with fun little activities.

downtown hanukkah
balloon man at the downtown lighting of the Menorah 
felting balls with kids
So far the crafts have included making dreidels out of clay. Trying our hand at German paper stars. Felting balls in hanukkah-ish colors. Coloring printed out coloring books. Making Sugar Cookies and today decorating them. Tonight latkes, hopefully sufganiot (donuts), assembling our felt balls into a garland of some kind, and a few more are on the list for the week.
If we run out of ideas there’s always pinterest, and the ideas we’ve used in years past. 8 days can seem a little daunting, but when you get to it it turns out there’s always more fun things to do. And with everyone around doing special crafty things for whatever holiday they celebrate, there’s a plethora of ways to alter and rework to make them appropriate for the Festival of Lights. 

melt-in-your-mouth shortbread

Short-Shortbread recipe:
1 1/2 cups butter at room temperature.
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups flour
preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar. Add in flour and mix well. If it doesn’t come together in a roll-out-able fashion add 1/2tsp of ice water at a time until it does. Usually no more than 1tsp is needed. Roll about 1/4inch thick and cut with the cutters of your choice. Or stamp and cut. Bake about 15 minutes, they don’t need to brown too much.

Chag Semeach Hanukkah!


  • M. Bloom Posted December 12, 2012 11:58 pm

    oooh! hanukkah colored felt-ball garland… brilliant!

  • Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) Posted December 13, 2012 6:28 am

    Oh how funny! My girls are working on a felt ball garland right now, too! Everything looks so fun!!
    Oh and we have the same butterprint pyrex – love that stuff.

    • Joy Posted December 13, 2012 11:32 am

      We have the butterprint pyrex too and just seeing them makes me happy. 🙂

  • Joy Posted December 13, 2012 11:29 am

    It looks like lovely celebration! Happy Hanukkah, Grim family!

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