Friday, December 08, 2006

Have a Hanukkah, Jolly Christmas?

Found these cute little dreidels, and just knew that they'd be perfect Christmas ornaments! Just gotta attach some string loops with hot glue. Despite the picture size, they're actually only an inch or two long. Those handles that seem really long? They're actually just long enough for your finger and thumb to pick them up and spin them.

The dreidel is part of a game. You spin the top, and the Hebrew letters on the sides tell you what to do. However, they take on a more spectacular meaning when viewed together.

Nun, Gimel, Hey, and Shin also stand for "Neys Gadol Hayah Sham," "A great miracle happened there." The sentence refers to the miracle of the eight nights that the temple menorah shone (more on that in a later post,) but for a Christian celebrating the birth of Christ, what better message about that miracle in Bethlehem--when the Light of the World came and "pitched his tent among us, and we beheld his glory"(Jn 1:14)?

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