Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Noelle Celebrates Purim*

Although we are not Jewish, Noelle does attend a wonderful Jewish preschool. The children are celebrating the holiday by baking hamentaschen (traditional holiday cookies) and making gift baskets to bring home. Everyone was encouraged to wear costumes for a Purim Parade, then the kiddos will eat lunch in the big play room while watching the Veggies Tales version on the big TV. Sounds like a fun day!

Here is Noelle in her costume-of-sorts-- just some St. Paddy's Day stuff we already had on hand, and...the little t-shirt she wore on Gotcha Day one year ago (St. Patrick's Day) in China!! Amazingly enough, it still fits.

The shirt says, "Kiss Me, I'm Adorable" - very true!!

Our little Chinese leprechaun!

*Purim - the holiday celebrating how God used Queen Esther to save the Jewish people through hidden miracles. Just as God seemed hidden from the people then, Jewish people hide their true identities by dressing up in fun costumes. The story of Purim is read from the scroll of Esther. Whenever the bad guy's name, Haman, is read, everyone boo's and shakes their noisemakers (groggers) to drown him out. It is also customary to give money (tzeddakah) to the poor and gift baskets (mishloach manot) to each other.

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