Last weekend marked the beginning of the Hanukkah Holiday. To be totally honest, Hanukkah doesn’t even hold a candle to Christmas celebrations. (pun intended) But we still did it as big as could be. We set the Pandora station to Hanukkah music – who knew they even had that? We lit our first candle, we let Sadie open her Hanukkah gift which is her new favorite toy ever by the way. That’s all on Dad. He chose this amazing wooden train set. It’s huge. I bought a large storage bin to store it all away, but so far I haven’t even had the chance to put it anywhere. It’s the first thing she wants to play with in the day and the last toy she touches before bath and bedtime.
After candles and gifts I prepared a big Hanukkah feast. Hanukkah food is funny. It’s everything fried, you are celebrating oil after all. So I made fried chicken using matzo as the batter, kale cooked in olive oil and a new take on the traditional latke. I always kind of hate having to eat latkes for dinner. It’s essentially a hash brown patty and in my opinion not worthy of being a meal. So I decided to go a little rogue and try frying mashed potatoes. It turned out so awesome. I’m glad I ventured out, this will definitely be returning next year. And for dessert… donuts, of course.
After we finished our meal and the candles all burned out – we headed out to walk around and check out Christmas decorations in our wildly festive neighborhood.
Warning! I am about to post tons of photos of homes decorated for the holidays. If you don’t like cheer I urge you to stop scrolling.
And to top it all off, we even ran into carolers… CAROLERS people!! I thought that only existed in movies!!
Well a happy ho ho ho to you and yours and if you celebrate the festival of lights enjoy these remaining few nights of it!