This morning began with a visit from Suzie, one of our classroom Moms, who talked to us about the history and traditions of Chanukah. Suzie read a book that told the Chanukah story and answered questions about the traditions surrounding the holiday. We learned that there are nine candles on a menorah, one for each of the eight nights of Chanukah, as well as the Shamash or helper candle. The group discussed some similarities between the traditions of Christmas and Chanukah.
As part of the Chanukah tradition, we learned about a holiday treat sufganiyot, which is a type of jelly donut fried in oil. In celebration of Chanukah, Suzie brought our own version of sufganiyot, some special donuts with fillings, for snack today.
In a follow-up discussion, the class decided that while receiving presents is great fun, giving gifts, spending time with our family and friends, and appreciating the freedom to worship and to celebrate as we choose are some of the really important activities of the season.