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12. 18. 2008

Dreidel, droidel, droidel, Happy Hanukah to all


Spell it Chanukah, Hanukah, or even Hanukkah. It's the 8-day Jewish holiday known as the Festival of Lights. It usually falls in December and often overlaps with Christmas. This is one of those years. Chanukah begins at sundown December 21.

Among Chanukah traditions is a children's toy: the four-sided top called the dreidel, which is used in a game and is the subject of a bouncy nonsense song.

The song says dreidels are made of clay, although they are usually made of wood. But detailed instructions for making a dreidel out of--wait for it--a cereal box can be found here. Here is the Star Wars site, which promotes everything connected with guess what movies, video games, and even--it was probably inevitable--a touring musical.

What does a dreidel have to do with Star Wars? The Star Wars dreidel is actually a droidel, so named because it melds R2D2 with the top. Marketing genius.

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