Friday night, night 3, was my night of Hanukkah. We had traveled home from Thanksgiving (Thanksgivukkah) with my grandparents earlier that day so we were all a little tired however we still had a fun night! Since my night fell on Friday night and according to the Jewish calendar Sabbath starts at sundown on Friday we got to celebrate Hanukkah and Sabbath all at once.
For my activity I wanted to do a scavenger hunt. I told Mom that this was what I wanted and assumed she would take care of it so that it would be a surprise for me as well as for the rest of the fam. Makes sense right? But apparently, I was supposed to come up with the scavenger hunt myself. In the end Mom planned it out because it was too late for me to come up with anything. Oh well. Mom did a great job anyway! Thanks Mommy!
So after supper we piled into the car and Mom passed Gideon the first clue. It said:
The moon may not be full, but the scenery is still great. It would make a perfect backdrop for a Stand Four/Macabeats video. Start at this location and light your candle while posing as a Stand Four/Macabeat. Have your photo taken and you can get your next clue.
And everyone in the van paused.
For a very long time.
Then Christopher remembered that one time a friend of ours took our picture by the Ocoee river with the full moon in the background. So we drove down there and got our picture taken, again....
Now the catch was that at every stop the boys and I had to get our picture taken. But we had to take it with candles like a mini Hanukkah menorah and each of us took turns being the Shamash (remember what that was?).
(Notice that Gideon's candle is in his mouth!)
Unlike the first clue, we knew exactly where we had to go by the third line on the second clue.
Old MacDonald had a farm. Ee, Ii, Ee, Ii, Oo. And on this farm he had a pig. Ee, Ii, Ee, Ii, Oo. Some of their animals may not be kosher, but we love this family anyway. Go to their house and have a photo taken with one or as many of them that are home while holding your lit candle. Then you can get your next clue.
We have some really good close friends of ours that the kids of that family help take of their neighbors sheep and they themselves own pigs (pigs aren't kosher).
(we were all laughing because the camera was set for rapid fire, where it takes multiple pictures at once. Mom couldn't get the "paparazzi" to stop!)
Our second clue was like the first one in that we had to visit some more friends.
You were afraid of her when you were little. But we know her bark is worse than her bite. Go have your photo taken with her “double troubles” while holding your lit candle. Then you can have your next clue.
Mrs. Teressa taught all of us in children's church when we were little and the first time we met her we were terrified. But then we learned that we had nothing to be afraid of! She and her husband adopted two super sweet twin boys that really are "double trouble" ! (and I'm their lucky baby-sitter! No I didn't get the clue. ;)
(AREN'T THEY THE CUTEST THINGS YOU'VE EVER SEEN?!?!!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes they really are twins! I promise!)
Our last clue ('cus we ran out of time for the others) led us to a couple we have dubbed as our official "third set of grandparents". He calls himself "old as dirt" and she, like me, owns her own sewing business. So we guessed that one right off too.
He’s as old as dirt and she’s creative with her hands. Go to their house, serenade them with “Happy Hanukkah” (Mom’s style), light your candle, and get a photo. Then you can have your next clue.
When we first started celebrating Hanukkah, Mom made up a song to the tune of "Happy Holidays" that gets on everyone else's nerves and that's the song that we had to sing. Mom tried to get a video but only got the last half, so we had to sing it again.
When you're in a family that makes movies for a hobby, you have to allow for multiple takes.
That's just how we roll folks!
After visiting for a little while we headed home for some leftover cake and presents! I decided to make everyone something myself so basically everybody got clothes! :)
A shirt for my Daddy
A casserole carrier for Mama but I couldn't find the pattern in time so I gave her the fabric and showed her the picture.
A hooded vest for Gideon
For Jonathan I made him a pair of pajama pants out of a soft knit material. He opened it and he goes:
"Ooh it's soft..."
:) That's the reaction I was wanting. :)
Christopher asked me to make him, quote "a shirt with stitching up and down the sleeve" end quote. So that's what I attempted.
Then he attempts to put it on without having to take his other shirt off.
And that was my night of Hanukkah! The next person in charge of a night is Christopher. I'll blog about what he does later because we haven't done it yet!
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