Happy Hanukkah everyone! Yes, I am a little late, but better late than never. Right?
Last year I tried to get my friends together for a Hanukkah party but the close proximity to Christmas and lots going on made it difficult. This year I decided not to even try and just celebrate at home with my husband.
That was until my friend Emily asked if I was having a party. I said no and she told me she would love it if I did. Emily is an amazing woman so I was not surprised that within days she secured a room on base with a kitchen right in the midst of holiday season. In nothing short of a (Hanukkah) miracle, we had a location, so all that was left was getting the word out. Emily had learned about Hanukkah as a child and wanted the same experience for her children. I quickly learned that some of my other friends also really wanted to celebrate with me.
So last Saturday, on the last day of Hanukkah, I threw Misawa's first (or what I believe to be the first) Hanukkah party.
Here is Emily helping me get ready.
I found Hanukkah plates and table cloths last year on base which meant that I had them for the party this year.
I made matzo ball soup and latkes. I know matzo ball soup is not your typical hanukkah food, but since my sister and I don't eat meat we always had matzo ball soup at every holiday. Now a holiday just isn't a holiday without it! I was really excited to see that I had so much room to cook. Trust me, this room will be on my list of places to reserve for future parties. It was awesome!
I make my latkes from the box mix. Grandma always did when she hosted the party, so making them just feels right. I think next year I plan to make them from scratch, but the thought of it not smelling like grandma's house from frying up the mix makes me a little hesitant to give up the tradition. At the same time, I know I really should be making them from scratch. We'll see how it goes. I have a whole year to figure it out.
I decided to order a cookie cake. My friend here has a cookie home business and does amazing work. She did not disappoint this time! I love how this turned out. Amazing!
Emily made some rugelach, which are a kind of Jewish cookie/baked good. They were awesome!
Since everyone else there was not Jewish, I went over the story of Hanukkah, explained the traditional foods, taught the kids to play dreidel and lit the menorah. We had an awesome time. I am really thankful that Emily asked me to do this. I am also really thankful to find that so many of my friends cared and were interested in learning more. It was a lot of fun. I hope we can make this a Misawa tradition.
QUESTIONS: Did you go to a Hanukkah party this year? What is your favorite holiday tradition? Di you host any parties this year?