My girls have long enjoyed incorporating Bible stories into their play. At one point (I think they’d been playing fishermen, and centurion, and then, quite comically, tax collectors) we decided to spotlight some Godly women of the Bible. We adapted the Jewish holiday of Purim to remember Esther in the spring, and created our own holiday of “Gleaning Day” to focus on the book of Ruth for one day in the fall.
The Jewish Purim was a few weeks ago, I believe–but we had ours just yesterday!
It was a festive day of hamantashen and groggers (we used kazoos!). We performed a Purim Shpiel (play), and listened to a reading of the full book of Esther. We must be a pretty dull family, for the girls were bursting with excitement for days prior, and will be talking of it for days to come! It is a joy that simple family togetherness can create such special memories. This has been our third year celebrating Purim–each year slightly different.
I’ve still not perfected my Hamantashen recipe. Hamentashen are little filled cookie triangles–supposedly shaped like Haman’s hat. (Were tricorn hats were really all the rage in ancient Persia? I have no idea–but, as is sung in Fiddler on the Roof; “TRADITION, TRADITION!”…) Our Hamentashen turned out slightly dry, but were enjoyed by the children nonetheless.
Here are some pictures of us listening to the Book of Esther:
And of our Purim Shpiel
(Ken Played King Ahasuerus, AND Haman, The three girls were ALL Esthers, and Keegan was Mordecai.):
You may notice I don’t appear in the Purim Shpiel pictures. I played Vashti and was banished after Act I.