Eight Nights, #530

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Happy Hanukkah, y’all!!!!  Yay!  It’s such a happy day, and in my household, the excitement is building!  We’re cleaning and decorating and making the house Hanukkah-ready.  Then, I’m baking awesome Hanukkah gelt cookies for my family Hanukkah party tonight.  This recipe is so simple and easy and fun that I have to share it with all of you.  Here’s a photo of the cookies, and click HERE to go to Betty Crocker’s recipe page to see it for yourself.

Hanukkah gelt cookies

Hanukkah brings back a ton of memories for me.  I remember parties with my family every year, going to Temple to celebrate, but most of all, I remember those nights at home with my Mom and Dad and brother.  We’d eat dinner and light the menorah, and then somehow…from some magical and mysterious place, my parents would produce a Hanukkah present.  I could never figure out where they hid them.  It wasn’t until recently that I found out my Mom and Dad’s secret hiding spots were in the trunks of their cars.

I have taken a different route with my kids.  I just wrap the presents as I buy them and put them out in full view.  I watch my kids spying the gifts and picking them up and trying with all their might to figure out what’s inside.  It’s so much fun to watch their excitement, and the gifts make the house feel so festive, too.

I like choosing new songs for my Hanukkah posts, because there is so much new great material out there.  A friend posted Stand Four’s “Eight Nights” on my Facebook page the other day, and it’s fantastic.  This band reminds me of the Maccabeats, but they also have utilized a Bobby McFerrin “voicestra” a capella vibe to the song.  So, without further ado, check out this new great Hanukkah song by clicking HERE and going to Youtube.

Whatever your traditions may be, I hope you all enjoy the first night of Hanukkah in the most happy way possible!  🙂

 

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