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So we’re over halfway done with Hanukkah this year – it’s the first year the CP is old enough to really take part in the celebration. Although she’s not lighting candles yet, she and the Bean are picking out which candles to put into the menorah each night, and she says the prayers with me (in a repeat-after-me fashion). She’s been learning about the story and history of Hanukkah in Sunday School, and generally enjoying the whole holiday.
Especially. The. Presents.
Yes, we’re trying to do the “8 nights of gifts” thing, but we’re not talking BIG gifts every night. Since the girls also get gifts at Christmas time, we’re not going overboard and inundating them with presents at Hanukkah, so sometimes they just get something little, like a dreidel or a squeeze-ball toy. But they do have gifts from their grandparents and great-grandparents/other relatives, so they’re getting to open those most nights after we light the candles.
It’s very sweet watching them play with their presents. Two nights ago we gave the CP her Mancala game and I sat down to teach her how to play. She took to it immediately, and was loving the gameplay with the glass beads and the strategy aspects of it. After she and I finished playing a few games, she wanted to “practice by herself”. She proceeded to play both players’ roles on the game by herself, (much like playing chess against yourself). Needless to say, she won.
With Hanukkah almost over, we move on to the next holiday. Which no, is not Christmas. The Bean has her birthday near the end of next week, first. She’s turning 3 (and yes, she’s been a Terrible Two sometimes and I don’t expect it to stop any time soon) and will get a little party of her own before we do Christmas the week after that. Seriously, this is the season for presents for the girls, and debt for the parents!