A First: Chanukah and Autumn Leaves
It's autumn in Atlanta, and winter is still a few weeks away. Outside on the playground, we notice the falling leaves. We like trampling in them, collecting them, and simply tossing them in the air.
(Right photo: a quiet moment among the dried leaves.)
(Photo above: one of the Gan boys decides to stuff the sleeves and torso of his jacket with the dried leaves. Below: It's getting cool outside, yet we're still able to find and investigate many bugs hiding under the leaves on the playground.)
Despite the fact that it is only fall, we go ahead and prepare for Chanukah. It is the first time Chanukah and Thanksgiving have coincided.
We take the leaves we have collected. We place the leaves, along with some crayon shavings, inside a folded piece of wax paper. Our Morah irons the wax paper and we watch the beautiful fall colors melt onto our dried leaves. Then, we place the wax paper with the dried leaves inside our paper dreidel.
(Photos: our paper dreidels with a collection of dried leaves and crayon shavings.)
Finally, we hang our creations on our windows. We're able to enjoy the signs of fall as well as the iconic symbol of Chanukah--all in one design!
Happy Chanukah, Everyone!