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The Plan for Friday

DSC01908For a VERY small homeschool Chanukah party… (if you’re coming, don’t read this and you’ll think everything is just spontaneously wonderful!)

Sing:

  • Some Chanukah songs.  I’m going to cheat and use songs off a song sheet the kids brought home from their shul party on Sunday…
  • Some Shabbos songs… possibly; I’ll see how we’re doing for time and decide  how much of the Shabbos routine to do.

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  • The Invisible Book, because it’s cute and Jewish and my kids like it
  • Harvest of Light, because it’s got trees and Israel and great text and photos; how awesome is that?

Video:

  • Elmo’s World – Chanukah episode… blurry, low-resolution video, but highly entertaining.  When I watch videos like this, I get happy at first, and then sad.  Happy because it’s so well-done, and Jewishly authentic and everything… and sad because, well, why Chanukah?  Why not Rosh Hashanah???  Because of Xmas, of course.  I didn’t even expose my older kids to most of what’s out there for Chanukah.  They loved the holiday anyway, and knew everything there was to know about it, but I didn’t feel a need to fill their lives with the excellent books and resources available for this yom tov because it’s so out of proportion.

Eat:

  • Make latkes, from a mix!  One of the other mamas told me I “have to” do it from scratch.  But no… that’s what I’m doing for my family party tomorrow.  So for the kids, it’s mix latkes – fast, fun, easy.  They can mix it up themselves, and hopefully someone bigger will do the frying!
  • Challah, probably a frozen lenchner, like I used to do for weekly Shabbos parties when we were having them here.

Crafts:

  • EASY:  This torn-paper mosaic menorah craft – easy, especially if you skip the fancy “tracing the lines” option and just have the kids “build” their menorah right on the PDF printout they supply.
  • MEDIUM:  Hot-wax crayon “stained-glass” painting – like these ones we did last year, but I have a new hot tray (thanks to Value Village) that makes doing these super-easy and even a little bit safe.
  • DSC01900MEDIUM:  Roll-your-own shamash!  About six months ago, maybe more, I found a stack of those flat beeswax make-your-own candle sheets at Value Village; it was 99 cents for a 2-sheet package, so I bought all the packages they had.  Naomi and I made a bunch today.  They’re a bit chunky to fit in most menorahs, but they look nice and there’s lots of extra wax strips to decorate the finished candles with.

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Holding it up to the light so you can see the glow – kind of.

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Here’s what they look like after “washing” with black poster paint.  I think they look nice enough either way.

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So great – we’re ready!  Bring it on!  Oh, yeah… first, latkes and sufganiyot for the family party at my mother’s tomorrow, then tidy the house, THEN bring it on…

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