On the seventeenth day, we celebrated yet another religion’s ‘festival of lights’; we celebrated Hanukkah!
You start the game with all players adding to the pot- be it a coin, chocolates, or nuts. Nun means the spinner gets nothing from the pot. Gimel means the spinner gets the pot. Spin a hei and you get half the pot, but a shin will mean you have to add to the pot. Once a player is out of the chosen tokens, they are either out of the game or can take a loan from another player.
|Upper left: Hei, upper right: Nun
lower left: Shin, lower right: Gimel
Marshall absolutely loved playing dreidel, he even beat me! Even now, he keeps asking me to play.
|Just loving this game|
|“Soooo, should I just take your gelt now or do you want me to spin first and then take it?”|
The last event of the evening was making our Hanukkah crafts. Marshall made a foam dreidel, Star of David, and Menorah present.
The seventeenth day was a special day of learning of a religion that is sort of the precursor to our religion, as well as the religion and culture of some of Brad’s ancestors. It is so important to me that we do these special multicultural days. Last year, a shooter opened fire in a Kansas City Jewish community center, killing three. Just a few weeks ago, in Kansas City, a young teen was run down by a car because he was Muslim. This is the community Marshall was born in, the world he will grow up in. It is of the utmost importance that we teach our children that there are different belief systems, but that’s not inherently a bad thing. We can still live side by side, in peace- in celebration of our differences yet similarities. I hope that Marshall will learn to see the joys each religion and culture brings to the table, and I hope that you are maybe enjoying these special days too. Happy Hanukkah, friends!