Friday, December 3, 2010

Hanukah in Botswanukah

*I hate to think of the pun fines associated with a title like that.

Oddly enough, Hanukah is the first holiday where it's really feels like Hanukah! Yom Kippur felt like kind of a joke. Thanksgiving was weird. But Hanukah feels just right.

Maybe because Hanukah is never that big of a deal, and usually involves lighting candles, a couple presents, and one night of making latkes for friends. Check, check, and check.

I made us a hannukiah out of an egg carton and foil, and we brought Hanukah candles with us from the U.S. I also found gold coins in the grocery store--sure they have Santa printed on them, but beggars can't be choosers. We also brought dreidels. We're pretty much adorable.

Except for the fact that we have to make applesauce for latkes from scratch, Hanukah is just like Hanukah this year.


  1. Don't you remember how I used to make applesauce from scratch and melt the "red hot" cinnamon candies in them? You all used to "ooh" and "ah" at that. Or did I just write that in my book without actually doing it?

  2. But Hanukkah in the summer? Judaism is so northern-hemisphere-centric.

  3. I have zero recollection of that.