Same Subject Challenge Day 4 by olivetreeann

Same Subject Challenge Day 4

Children are an integral part of the Hanukkah celebration. In fact many of the traditional elements of the holiday are designed to teach them about the holiday itself. The lightiing of the candles reminds them of the miracle which happened when the Temple was to be re-dedicated. Foods cooked in oil remind them that the miracle involved the lampstand whose wicks were dipped in oil to burn. One of the most-loved traditions is the dreidel game which came about in a time of great oppression. Banned from religious services and practice, but allowed to gamble, the Jews of ancient times designed this four sided top with the acronym of the phrase "A great miracle happened there". As the children played, they repeated the phrase. But if a soldier should happen by, the candies and prizes awarded or captured depending on which letter you rolled, looked like an innocent game of chance. One of the oldest songs of Hanukkah highlights this fun little toy:

I have a little dreidel,
I made it out of clay,
And when it's dry and ready,
A dreidel game I'll play.
Amy
This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
December 25th, 2011  
Pam
How Sweet! I like the traditions passed from generation to generation!
December 25th, 2011  
@amyjriker Thank you Amy! I glad you enjoyed it!
@potsbypam Thanks Pam! Me too- and now I am enjoying passing on the traditions to a second generation. Leigh really had fun helping me with this shot- perhaps she is a future 365er!
December 25th, 2011  
Great shot! I like the lighting on her face!
December 25th, 2011  
So beautiful! Love the lighting
December 25th, 2011  
Love the little history lesson. The beauty of the candle light on this child's face makes this a fav.
December 26th, 2011  
the glow on this child's face is priceless. Learning tradition is so important.
December 26th, 2011  
@mrssmith Thank you Carla!
@kerristephens Thank you Kerri!
@allie912 Thank you Allison- and thank you for the fav!!
@sarasdadandmom Thank you Terry!

Thank you all! This is my beautiful granddaughter Leigh who helped me out by lighting the candles for this shot. (o:
December 26th, 2011  
It is so neat to involve them at a young age so they can learn
December 26th, 2011  
@digitalrn Thank you Rick! Holidays and their meanings certainly are great times to teach children about their faith and what it means.
December 26th, 2011  
Beautiful portrait photo, Ann. Great comment to go with it. A great reminder to us all.
December 26th, 2011  
@karenann Thanks Karenann!
December 26th, 2011  
Beautiful shot
December 26th, 2011  
Just flat out cute.
December 26th, 2011  
@bkbinthecity Thanks bkb!
@shuterfly Thank you Sondra! I am a little partial to my granddaughter! I truly appreciate your comment!
December 26th, 2011  
i love her eyes, they're beautiful. looking good on this challenge, ann. i love all the information i'm gleaning here.
December 27th, 2011  
@summerfield Thanks Summerfield- we have marveled at how pretty Leigh is getting as she grows older. I'm glad you're enjoying the series. It's been a fun thing to squeeze in at the end of year one.
December 27th, 2011  
Just lovely, Ann!
December 29th, 2011  
@kloud Thank you Bonnie! This is my favorite of the series! I'm sure you can figure out why.
December 29th, 2011  
so pretty
January 4th, 2012  
@crickle1969 Thanks Crickle. I think so too- although I am a bit biased!
January 4th, 2012  
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