Chappy Channukah Chrafts
Let the gentiles have their gingerbread houses and crumbly Christmas cookies, their rancid glogg, and their heart-attack eggnog.
We Jews have...well, we have the gelt, of course. But we're always accused of hoarding that--it just happens to come in chocolate form in this season of the year. And we have the latkes, but I'll admit that shredded potato and applesauce feels more like shtetl than party to me. Applesauce...as a condiment? We're not in Krakow anymore.
But what's really special about the Channukah ritual, something the Christmasers can't possibly rival are, of course, the dreidels! Nothing says Jew and holiday like a chunk of wood stamped with obscure iconography. Oooooh--and it spins! Crazy fun. But seriously, we're a can-do people, so if the dreidel is our holiday fun, then I suggest we make it really fun. The following dreidel just might help...
* Marshmallows, lots.
* Pretzel sticks, one bag.
* Frosting, the cloying delicious vanilla kind from a can. Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker are both fine purveyors of the stuff.
* Hershey kisses, in abundance.
Directions: take marshmallow, insert pretzel stick on one end, smear with frosting on other end, slap on a Hershey kiss like you mean it and so it sticks--and VOILA!
IT'S AN EDIBLE DREIDEL! So eat it.