“Hi girls!!!” shouted Kit as she bursted through the door to the room of Madeline’s friend, Meghan. It was also the very place her very best friend Kit Maria and her sister, Mia, lived. Mia greeted her with a “Hi, Kit!” and hug and Kit Maria greeted her best buddy an even bigger one. “I can’t believe your here!” Said Kit Maria. “Yeah,” agreed Mia. “We were so happy when Meghan said you were coming to celebrate Hanukkah with us!” Kit clapped her hands. “Yay, Hanukkah, Hanukkah! I LOVE Hanukkah……….um, what’s Hanukkah?” The girls smiled. “Well,” began Mia. “You know, Kit, we are not only Christians like you but also Jewish. Around the time before Christmas we celebrate a Jewish holiday called Hanukkah. It’s about a miracle.” Kit smiled. “Ooh, I like miracles!” Kit Maria laughed. “Uh-Hu, and there is so much fun stuff to do. Eat yummy traditional food, play games, light the menorah, and more! Soon, the humans will let us come down the stairs when every thing’s ready. You wanna see our Christmas tree?” Kit nodded, excited that she had come on a special night.
The three girls walked over to the shimmering tree in the corner of the room. “Isn’t it pretty!” Mia asked. “It so is!!! It’s very big and pretty and festive.” Kit Maria smiled. “I know, right?” Then there was a call from down the stairs. Mia grabbed one of Kit’s hands and Kit Maria grabbed the other and they raced down the stairs. “It’s time!”
The food wasn’t quite ready, so the girls sat in a circle in a corner where they could show Kit their favorite Hanukkah toy and game. “THIS is a dreidal.” Said Mia. “It’s a toy you play at Hanukkah and I am the best at it.” She joked. “I’m telling the truth. I’ve even beat all the humans in the house.” Kit and Kit Maria ‘OOOHHHed’ and ‘AAAAAAHHHHHed’. “How do you play it?” Kit asked. “Here, I will demonstrate.” Mia held the stick on the top of the dreidal between her thumb and pointing finger, then spun it. It landed on the floor and spun, spun, spun, for what seemed like forever. Then, it stopped, landing on it’s side. “What is that letter thing on the side?” Kit asked. She picked the dreidal up and saw that on every side there was a different one. Kit Maria was to explain. “That’s Hey, Shin, Gimel, Nun.” she said. “You see, Mia’s dreidal landed on Gimel. You see, If we were playing the real game with gelt, she would get ALL.” Kit smiled. “Cool!”
Mia got up and ran to a different room. “Don’t worry about her.” Kit Maria said. “She’s just crying because she didn’t beat her record.” Then a “No I am not!” came from the room Mia had ran into. She came back out with two more dreidals and gave one to each of the other girls. “No, I was NOT Kit Maria, I was being NICE and getting you a Kit a dreidal so we could play together. So you better watch your mouth, sassy, or you will not have a HAPPY Hanukkah.” (Then a “MIA! APOLOGIZE!” came from the room the humans were at.) Mia looked Kit Maria apologetically. “Ok, I’m sorry, Kit Maria.” Kit Maria didn’t look up from her dreidal, which was spinning like crazy by Kit’s. “It’s ok, Mia. Now join in!” Surprisingly, a new person had one the dreidal contest this year. It was Kit! As the dreidals spun, Mia and her sister’s bumbed into each other and collapsed, while Kit’s still spun. “Great job, Kit! Both other girls congratulated her.
Soon, it was time to eat. Kit looked at her plate reluctantly. “Um..” she mumbled, as Kit Maria and Mia gobbled down their Latkes in less than a second. Mia looked up. “Kit, are you not hungry?” Kit tried to talk, but Kit Maria interupted. “Oh, she has a rare case of ‘I-don’t-know-what-this-food-is-so-I-am-just-going-to-put-my-napkin-over-it-and-throw-it-away-and-pretend-I-ate-it-and-be-hungry-the-rest-of-the-night disease. Kit laughed at herself but stopped. “But I don’t!!!! What even is this stuff?” Mia put her hand on Kit’s shoulder. “This STUFF,” she said. “Is the very best food ever.” Kit shrugged. “I’m not feeling it.” Kit Maria gasped. “But you have to TRY it, Kit. If you try it, you’ll like it, but if you do not, you’ll never like it.” Mia agreed and said, “Here, we’ll tell you what it is. See this stuff that looks like fried rice or something here on the right? Those are Potato Pancakes, we call then Latkes. You eat them with sour cream or apple sauce, or just plain.” Kit took a bite. “Why, it’s actually very good! What’s this over here?” Kit Maria pointed. “Well that’s just a roll and some chicken, but over here we have what’s like a dessert. It’s a Jewish traditional food called Kugel.” Kit took a bite of it, and enjoyed her Hanukkah meal. Now she had a new list of favorite foods.
Kit picked up a bag of what looked like golden money. “What in the world is this?” She asked. Kit Maria took the bag from her. “This,” she began, “Is Gelt. They are little golden coins we use for Hanukkah. But this is actually Chocolate Gelt, so it’s edible. Just take the wrapper off before you eat it, LOL.”
“Wow, can I have some?” asked Kit. “Sure,” said Kit Maria. “And, you may also take your own bag of it home to share with your sisters. We have plenty.” Kit smiled. “Wow, thanks!…..Mmm, it’s good!” Mia smiled. “I’m glad you like it.”
“Now, it’s story time.” Mia said, sitting down with a book. Kit and Kit Maria sat down around her. “OK, we will read about Hanukkah.” She began. “Once there was a small group of Jews called the Maccabees. There was also a bad king called Antiocus. Antiocus wanted the Maccabees to pray to his gods but the Maccabees wanted to worship God as they pleased. They went away and hid in the hills. When the time came to come back, they were so upset. Their temple was in ruins! The bad king had let his soldiers use it as they pleased, and they destroyed it. The Maccabees worked hard to make their temple great again, but then their was a problem. There was not barely any oil. They needed the oil to make it a place of prayer. There was not even enough to light the menorah!!! But then, the miracle happened. God used the tiny bit of oil and it was used for 8 whole days and nights! It was a miracle! They praised God! It was amazing! Now, Hanukkah lasts for eight days, just like in the story. We still light a menorah with eight candles. We cook our Latkes with oil to help us remember, too!” Kit Maria and Kit clapped. “Wow,” said Kit. “That’s a great story. God used that oil and it was a miracle! It reminds me of a story Elsie told us once, about Jesus and the bread and the fish! He used it to feed over 5,000 men!” Mia smiled and put the book down. “Exactly. How about we go light the menorah now?”
An they did that. The menorah was very pretty and shimmered like he Christmas Tree. “We always do a special prayer when we light the menorah,” said Kit Maria. “But how about we let Kit try?” Mia agreed. “Ok,” Kit said. “Here I go. Dear Lord, thank you for this day and everything you’ve given us. Thank you we can come together and have special celebration for what you did. Thank you so much. Help us to remember to be more like you. We love you. In Jesus name, Amen.” Everyone clapped, and they let Kit light the menorah. It was a very special time. The girls played with their dreidals more, and Kit Maria and her sister let Kit keep her own to share with her sisters. They ate some dessert, and it was a happy time. But soon, it was time for Kit to go home. “Bye!” she said, and hugged her best friends. “Bye!” they said back. “We hope you had a great time!”
From the car window, Kit stared back at the house. She had had so much fun and learned a lot. Then, she saw in one window, a menorah lit. And what were those figures behind it? Kit peered closer. It was Kit Maria and Mia! “Bye!” Kit could here faintly. She saw the wave of their hands. “Bye!”
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