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    It was Melissa’s first Hanukkah.

    Cousin Jacob’s girlfriend is relatively new to the fold, so I must admit I went to extra lengths to set the dining room table just right and even splurged on the dreidel patterned dinner napkins.

    I briefly explained the story of Hanukkah, and how these 8 crazy nights Adam Sandler talks about is really more about family, fun and tradition. I told Melissa that we eat oily foods to commemorate the oil that burned for 8 nights, instead of 1. She loved the mini latkes (potato pancakes) and happily participated in our rousing game of Dreidel.

    Then my biomedical engineer, age 24, announced a new game- Stack the Dreidels. So we took turns attempting what seemed like the impossible - a sort of reverse Hanukkah jenga, a tower with 17 assorted wooden and plastic dreidels standing tall.

    Round and round we went, howls of laughter and disappointment with each tower fall.

    Finally, it was back to Rose. We watched with wide eyes and breath held- 15, 16… then 17 dreidels high! We cheered with muted voices so as not to create vibrations of any kind that could disrupt the great Tower.

    Success! The cousins posed for a victory photo with the colorful edifice and a new tradition was born.

    It may have been my most favorite Hanukkah celebration yet. Memories made one dreidel at a time.

    - shared by Shari Bender
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    It was Melissa’s first Hanukkah.  Cousin Jacob’s girlfriend is relatively new to the fold, so I must admit I went to extra lengths to set the dining room table just right and even splurged on the dreidel patterned dinner napkins.  I briefly explained the story of Hanukkah, and how these 8 crazy nights Adam Sandler talks about is really more about family, fun and tradition. I told Melissa that we eat oily foods to commemorate the oil that burned for 8 nights, instead of 1. She loved the mini latkes (potato pancakes) and happily participated in our rousing game of Dreidel.  Then my biomedical engineer, age 24, announced a new game- Stack the Dreidels. So we took turns attempting what seemed like the impossible - a sort of reverse Hanukkah jenga, a tower with 17 assorted wooden and plastic dreidels standing tall.  Round and round we went, howls of laughter and disappointment with each tower fall.  Finally, it was back to Rose. We watched with wide eyes and breath held- 15, 16… then 17 dreidels high!  We cheered with muted voices so as not to create vibrations of any kind that could disrupt the great Tower.  Success! The cousins posed for a victory photo with the colorful edifice and a new tradition was born.  It may have been my most favorite Hanukkah celebration yet. Memories made one dreidel at a time.  - shared by Shari Bender

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    As a Christian family, we are not very familiar with Hanukkah but love the remembrance, celebration, and hope of it. Shari, I read this to my 3/4 family as we watched a holiday baking show during which the challenge was an oil-based Hanukkah dessert! 😊

    Aw!! I just loved reading this wonderful story!! "Memories made one dreidel at a time." God bless you and your family this Hanukkah!!

    Love the new tradition!

    FABULOUS! Charming and delightful.

    love this ❤️

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