Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah....

One of the wonderful benefits of working for a Jewish agency means that instead of having Secret Santa, we have a Chanukah Harry gift exchange...and instead of a Christmas party with caroling and a tree, we have.....a Chanukah party with dreidels and gelt and LOTS of latkes!

Tonight Tucker experienced his/her very first Chanukah party, complete with a latke buffet, menorah lighting, and some rowdy renditions of old school Chanukah classics like "I am a Little Latke" and "The Dreidel Song". There was even a raffle, and Tucker's mom WON THE GRAND PRIZE (a night at a hotel in Union Square and $50 to the Cheesecake Factory)!! With all the festivities and the co-workers partaking in some Chanukah cheer, there was also something really sentimental about being in a room with 100 other people who all knew the Chanukah prayer and ate 50/50 applesauce and sour cream on their latkes. There was even a woman who sang "Oh Chanukah" in Yiddish, and reminded me so much of my Baubee.

I even had the amazing brainstorm that perhaps our "work Rabbi" could be persuaded to preside over the naming ceremony/bris for little Tucker in June.....hmmmmm....stay tuned!

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