February 28, 2013

Queens and Caped Crusaders

Making jewelry at the Purim Carnival
This past weekend was Purim, sort of the Jewish Halloween.

A few fun facts:
Like pretty much all festive Jewish holidays, Purim celebrates the same thing. Some other culture attempted to completely annihilate the Jewish people, failed, and now we remember the event by eating delicious, delicious food.

In this case, it was the Persians. A Persian minister named Haman convinced the King (Xerxes) to kill all the Jews in Persia. Unbeknownst to the King, his wife was Jewish. With the aid of her uncle, she convinced the King to spare the Jews, and instead Haman and his family were put to death.

Now we eat AWESOME cookies that look like Haman's hat.

Pretty gruesome.

But, as I said, it's sort of like Halloween. It's a time to dress up in costumes and celebrate.

Climbing around at the carnival
When I was a kid, it was my family's tradition that we dressed up as characters from the story. I was always partial to Queen Vashti.

Well, as a costumer and a lover of costume, I had desperately wanted to make my kids REAL costumes for today. I have a TON of red stretch velvet to make into Esther's gown, yards of green for Vashti's. But things got in the way.

And as the day loomed closer, and I was busied with sick kids and a sick husband and a sick self, it just didn't happen. And then I remembered the costumes I wore for Purim as a kid.

They were my parents' clothes. And they were pretty much the most exciting dress-ups in the world.

So for my two little queens, I simply opened up my closet and adorned them in my own clothes.

DD as Queen Esther and SI as Queen Vashti
They were OVER THE MOON.

This year, DD dressed and Queen Esther, SI as Vashti. And RH? Well, there might not have been any superheroes in this story... but why not?

Nananananananana BATMAN!
We went to our local Purim carnival. There were games, crafts, and of course hamentaschen.

It was a blast.

They tried to kill us, they failed, let's eat.

Happy Purim!!!

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