Two days til Thanksgiving!! Are you ready? Because i’m not! I am halfway through the multitude of pies that i’m making and then once they are done tomorrow I am going to get going on what we are taking for Thanksgiving. Let me explain – my family includes 2 parents, 5 siblings, 4 married-ins and 11 kiddos. All but 3 of those people are in town. So holidays are a bit overwhelming for one person to prepare for. Which is why we do a potluck! Everyone brings a few different items to share and voila! Fabulous holiday meal without one person slaving away all day. We do still meet at my parents’ house as it’s the only one big enough to -sort of – fit us all in. Thanksgiving Day will be a little different this year but it will still be crazy and fun.
As it is also Chanukah this year, my OH and I are going to make latkes and teach the family to play Dreidel! We bought some little dreidels at the Chanukah Fair we went to a few weekends ago but still need the gold coins to be ready. I’m really hoping we don’t forget those! don’t know anything about dreidel? well, let me tell you the history of it:
During the time of Antiochus, it was forbidden to study the Torah, Jewish people studied together in secret in caves. when they would hear a Greek soldier approach, they would hide their books and pretend they were playing with tops. We play dreidel (sevivon in Hebrew) on Chanukah as a reminder of these courageous people. The word ‘dreidel’ comes from the Yiddish word ‘drei‘ which means ‘turn’. The dreidels we now use have a letter on each of their four sides. : Nun, Gimmel, Hay and Shin. These stand for the words ‘ Ness Gadol Haya Sham’ which means ‘a great miracle happened there’, in reference to the Maccabees’ victorious victory.
(read more of this story here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maccabean_Revolt )
Seven hours have passed since i started this post! Yipes! And in that time nine pies have been made…
Aside from all that fun – we are having my mom-in-law over for a brunch on Thanksgiving and now it’s time to figure out what we are making. I’ve pulled out my copy of ‘healthy cooking for the jewish home’ cookbook to hopefully find some traditional recipes that i can finagle to fit our allergies. it’ll be a busy day for sure!
I hope all of you are all prepared and ready for the holiday and are able to fully enjoy those that you spend the day with. Be careful to not eat anything that is not allowed in your diet – or at least not too much of it! I admit, if there’s fudge there on Thursday, i’m having a piece. No way to deny that temptation. not even going to try it.
Happy Thanksgiving all! And God bless.