Chanukah 5770/2009, Presented by Seagrams

>> Friday, December 11, 2009

8 Days of Chanukah Giveaway

...brought to you by Seagrams (the dog, not the whiskey)

Admittedly, Seagrams likes any holiday with food, so that really only excludes the fast days, such as Yom Kippur. But the chanukiah (chanukah menorah/candelabra) chewish toy has replaced gefilte (a fish) as his toy of choice. And latkes (or doughnuts) are pleasing to his palate as well.

Chanukah, or the Festival of Lights, starts tonight. Chanukah is actually a minor Jewish holiday but in America, given its proximity to Christmas, it's taken on a larger role culturally. And while the December holiday season has amplified the gift part of Chanukah (see: proximity to Christmas, above), lighting chanukah candles comprises the important part of the holiday. So on the first night, we light 1 candle, on the second night, 2 candles and so on and so forth.

But gifts do play a role in this holiday, and I'll be doing some giveaways during Chanukah as a result. The offerings will vary between crafting supplies (mostly fabric) and finished products, as I want to make sure my readers who don't spend their free time at a sewing machine can also get a treat. Growing up, we received small Chanukah gifts, like socks. But small can be fun, such as funky smartwools such as these, or:

Gelt (Yiddish for money) for the fabric lovers:
2 pieces (fat quarters or close to it) of fabric --
the brown flowers peeking out from above and the Alexander Henry Egypt print below

To win this fabric:
Tell me the best small gift someone has given you (define small as you wish!).
One entry per person.
Make sure I can reach you.
Giveaway open until I post tomorrow night's gift.


Unknown December 11, 2009 at 3:01 PM  

I always thought that a latke was like a pancake, like potato latkes are potato pancakes. What kinds of doughnuts are they?

katevet December 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM  

Happy hannuka!
חנוכה שמח!
I love the fabric :) please put my name in the hat!

Erin December 11, 2009 at 3:20 PM  

Oooo, we have the best latkes every year at my neighbor's house. His are more like fried potatoes...

The best small gift I ever received was a shell from a local man who remembered the boat I was working on from when he was small. He and his grandfather used to check the harbor for it regularly and this was the last time it would be there. I still have it 10 years later.

Anonymous December 11, 2009 at 11:17 PM  

Yum- my mom and I made potato latkes and cheese latkes tonight. they were so yummy. we had store bought soufganiot tonight but I will make them tomorrow night for company. such a patchke but it is worth it.


Katie December 12, 2009 at 12:07 AM  

I grew up in Virginia Beach, about 20 minutes away from the beach and was very much a beach bum in the summers. I went to college in middle Virginia, about 3 hours away from the ocean. For christmas my freshman year my mom got me a beach-in-a-box, which is a little plastic tray with sand, a mini umbrella, mini chair, mini beachball, mini flip flops, and mini seashells. It was a great gift cause I would always be by the beach. And now 8 years later I still have it on a shelf to remind me of the beach.

Silka December 12, 2009 at 9:37 AM  

The best small gift I ever got was from my dad when I was a kid. It was a handcrafted set of icicles. I love hanging them up in winter.


Micki December 12, 2009 at 5:47 PM  

Please enter me! I do remember celebrating Chanukah in our home. The best smallest gift that I ever got was a lucky coin that my dad gave me that he brought all the way from Europe. Since, he is no longer alive, it means the world to me, and it has given me luck. I keep it always with me, and it reminds me of my dad.

Anonymous December 12, 2009 at 6:36 PM  

I wouldn't be able to use the fabric since I don't sew, but I still wanted to share my most recent small gift. The truth is that I have no idea about the cost...

My grandmother was a big time sewer, knitter, and crocheter, and she made things for her children, grandchildren, and who knows who else. Everything she made, she sewed a small label on the back that said "Made Especially for You by [her name]." When some family came to visit me in October, people I've knitted and/or crocheted hats and scarves for (between the two of them, they have at least 2 scarves and 6 hats made by me), as a hostess gift, they gave me 40 labels that said "Made Especially for You by [my name]." My grandmother died when I was 11. When I opened up the gift, I was so overcome with emotion that I couldn't even speak to thank them. I make items for my family all the time, so I'm really excited to have these tags.

Since so many crafters (especially those who do needlework of some sort) read your blog, I thought it would be nice to share this idea. Looking at a quilt will forever remind the recipient who made it for him/her; putting a label on it will ramp up the level sentimentality even more, I think. I have no idea where to find such labels or where to get them custom-made, but probably a good internet search engine could help with that.

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