This year our numbers were smaller than usual but we still enjoyed latkes and other goodies, great conversation, good laughs and a gift exchange at my cousin, Barb's home earlier this month.
Once lunch hit our bellies, a few plates of treats came out along with coffee and tea.
They look really good, don't they?
Everyone at the party was required to bring an inexpensive gift. It may be useful, tacky or delicious. The gifts are left untagged and placed in a pile.
Without peeking, each guest selects a Scrabble tile from a glass bowl.
Mine was O.
If the A tile was selected, that person chooses a gift first. Once the gift is opened, the next letter is called and that person has the option to steal the first gift or select a new one. The play continues in this manner until all gifts are opened. Often there are many "thefts" of popular items like chocolate.
This happy little Buddha was popular with my son, which is a good thing because he ended up taking it home.
It was the second night of Hanukkah, and so two candles of the menorah were to be lit.
The Shammash (or attendant) candle is used to light them and remains lit and nearby but separate.
A few songs were sung by those who knew them. My aunt and cousin went off to the kitchen to play their usual game of Scrabble, and chit chat continued until it was time to head home.
Belated Chappy Chanukkah and Many Menorah!
Please note that I won't be doing a Posts of the Week tomorrow. I just haven't spent enough time reading and compiling posts but I should be back on schedule for next Wednesday though.