Wednesday, March 16, 2011

PuriMMMM

It's almost Purim and the festivities have already begun.  On Monday, we went to a children's art workshop in our moshav where my two older kids crafted masks and noise-makers while I chased baby around the room to keep him out of the paint and glitter.  Puriel has come home with his face painted each day this week and will join his class on Friday as they visit an assisted living center to bring cheer to its residents.  It's a good thing that most of them are hard of hearing.

There are four special elements of Purim which we look forward to each year, all starting with "M"...
  1. Megillah:  Reading the book of Esther.  Includes lots of booing and cheering and possibly ruining a good pair of shoes by writing the name of the vile Haman on the bottom of them.
  2. Mishteh:  A festive meal in honor of the holiday.
  3. Mishloach Manot:  Gifts of food.  At least two packages, each containing at least two ready-to-eat items.  Some keep it simple, others create elaborate gift baskets. 
  4. Matanot L'Evyonim:  Monetary gifts to the poor.  No matter how little you have, there are always those who have less.  Find them and make their Purim a happy one.
Tomorrow we'll be working on our mishloach manot and I'll have a special recipe to share with you.  Have an easy fast.