Well... I finally get to post about CHANUKAH! If Chanukah was a person, I would fall in love with it. But, as my friends at Blimey Cow pointed out, I should be more conservative about my usage of the word "love," so, we'll just say that I really like Chanukah. As I explained to my friends, Chanukah is a holiday about eating fried food, swapping chocolate, and spinning tops - if you can't find something in there to like, I can't qualify you as a person, so you should stop reading now (just kidding). But my point is that it's really fun. (For the REAL meaning of Chanukah, click here... I mean here... oh, sorry, I mean the title.)
Anyway, I threw a party, as is quickly becoming my Korea-tradition, and we had an excellent time. This is how it went down:
- My family and I made potato latkes and apple latkes, then I went out and bought some 호떡 (Don't get confused, they have nothing to do with rice cakes.) and 붕어빵 (which are usually shaped like fish when you buy them on the street, but that requires a special waffle iron, so don't sweat it). We ate all these yummy yummy foods until we were stuffed... mostly because I was cooking for an expected 12-15 people, and 9 showed up. Oops.
- I gave a short lesson/presentation on the history and traditions of Chanukah, then lit my menorahs and gave everyone a line of tea-light candles so they could sort of make their own, too. My dad had the brilliant idea of grabbind cups to raise up the shamash, so the menorahs could be kosher.
- We then broke into two groups and played some excellent games of Dreidel. It was better than usual, and I think this had something to do with it:
Yeah... We play by our own rules. How very American of us. Ah well... the vast majority of us are Waygooks, so I'm not complaining. Although, how my head teacher fits into that mix, I may never know.
Hope your holidays were good!
(PS. The next post is one I've been especially looking forward to posting, so be excited!)