Thank you to my 351 followers & Days 2-4 of Hanukkah and Christmas!

Good Morning Beautiful People! ❤

How are you today? I know it’s the start of another week but I wanted to say a big thank you to YOU for following my blog! 😀 It means so much! When I started The Noob Chef about a year and a half ago I just wanted a place where I could post recipes that I love and share simple thoughts. I never thought it would grow to be a place where we can laugh, cry, and gush about all things food-related. I didn’t know that it would become a space that I turn to, need, and even crave at times. I didn’t know that people from all around the world would look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you so much for being here. Hugs!!!


So as you may have noticed, I’m a couple of days behind on my holiday posting! The weekends get so busy with fun activities that I often drop off the map for a couple of days. However, I’m here to share with you Days 2-4 from the Hanukkah and Christmas bucket lists! So let’s get festive together, shall we? ❤


Hanukkah Day 2: Read Hanukkah books together as a family. 

I love reading together as a family. Even picture books still fascinate my daughter as we all snuggle up under a blanket. Head to your local library for this one and save yourself a bundle. If you’re into audiobooks but can’t find any Hanukkah ones at your library, then turn to Youtube and check out these read-along videos! 🙂

Lots of Latkes:

Biscuit’s Hanukkah:

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel:

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?:

Hanukkah Day 3: Watch “An American Tail” 

Let’s face it, it’s REALLY difficult to find Hanukkah movies for kids these days. However, this movie is a classic and worth showing your family. Here is the plot:

In Shostka in 1885, the Mousekewitzes, a Russo-Jewish family of mice who live with a human family named Moskowitz, are having a celebration of Hanukkah where the father gives his hat to his 7-year-old son, Fievel, and tells about the United States, a country where there are no cats. The celebration is interrupted when a group of Cossacks ride through the village square in an anti-Jewish arson attack and their cats likewise attack the village mice. The home of the Moskowitz and Mousekewitze families is destroyed.

In Hamburg, the Mousekewitzes board a tramp steamer headed for New York City. During a thunderstorm on their journey, Fievel suddenly finds himself separated from his family and washed overboard. Thinking that he has died, they proceed to the city as planned, though they become depressed at his loss.

However, Fievel floats to New York City in a bottle and, after a pep talk from a French pigeon named Henri, embarks on a quest to find his family. He is waylaid by conman Warren T. Rat, who gains his trust and then sells him to a sweatshop. He escapes with Tony Toponi, a street-smart Italian mouse, and they join up with Bridget, an Irish mouse trying to rouse her fellow mice to fight the cats. When a gang of them called the Mott Street Maulers attacks a mouse marketplace, the immigrant mice learn that the tales of a cat-free country are not true.

Bridget takes Fievel and Tony to see Honest John, an alcoholic politician who knows the city’s voting mice. However, he cannot help Fievel search for his family, as they have not yet registered to vote. Meanwhile, his older sister, Tanya, tells her gloomy parents she has a feeling that he is still alive, but they insist that it will eventually go away.

Led by the rich and powerful Gussie Mausheimer, the mice hold a rally to decide what to do about the cats. Warren is extorting them all for protection that he never provides. No one knows what to do about it, until Fievel whispers a plan to Gussie. Although his family also attends, they stand well in the back of the audience and they are unable to recognize Fievel onstage with her.

The mice take over an abandoned museum on the Chelsea Piers and begin constructing their plan. On the day of launch, Fievel gets lost and stumbles upon Warren’s lair. He discovers that he is actually a cat in disguise, and the leader of the Maulers. They capture and imprison Fievel, but his guard is a reluctant member of the gang, a goofy, soft-hearted long-haired orange tabby cat named Tiger, who befriends and frees him.

Fievel races back to the pier with the cats chasing after him when Gussie orders the mice to release the secret weapon. A huge mechanical mouse, inspired by the bedtime tales Papa told to Fievel of the “Giant Mouse of Minsk”, chases the cats down the pier and into the water. A tramp steamer bound for Hong Kong picks them up on its anchor and carries them away. However, a pile of leaking kerosene cans has caused a torch lying on the ground to burn the pier, and the mice are forced to flee when the fire department arrive to extinguish it.

During the fire, Fievel is once again separated from his family and ends up at an orphanage. Papa and Tanya overhear Bridget and Tony calling out to Fievel, but Papa is sure that there may be another “Fievel” somewhere, until Mama finds his hat. Joined by Gussie, Tiger allows them to ride him in a final effort to find Fievel and they are successful. The journey ends with Henri taking everyone to see his newly completed project—the Statue of Liberty, which appears to smile and wink at Fievel and Tanya, and the Mouskewitzes’ new life in the U.S. begins. (Source) 

You can rent this movie from Youtube for ($2.99 USD) here:

Hanukkah Day 4: Watch “Fiddler on the Roof” together as a family. 

Now personally, my family watches this at times all year round. This is the probably the most watched Jewish movie out there, so I had to include it in our Hanukkah Bucket List. It just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy and you can’t help but sing along to every number 🙂

You can rent “Fiddler On the Roof” from Youtube for ($2.99 USD) here:

And now… onto the Christmas Bucket List! 🙂

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Christmas Day 2: Write a letter to Santa 

Now my child is a bit old for this activity, but nonetheless I had to throw it in because writing a letter to Santa is just plain fun! I’ve heard of people burning the letters to let the magical smoke carry the message away to the North Pole. However, the US Postal Service has kindly given instructions how your child can get a real letter from Santa postmarked! Take a look at the directions here on the USPS website:

Christmas Day 3: Decorate the tree! 

Oh, we had such fun this past weekend sticking up decorations all over our minimalist tree. The best part? The whole thing cost us a whopping $4 USD! 🙂 Pretty cool, eh? Yes, take out the tree (and save a tree too!) and you will find that Christmas can be cheap AND fun! Here’s a look at our tree all decorated….


Christmas Day 4: Sip Hot Cider 

Sometimes when I’d like a cup of warm apple cider I’ll buy the pre-made bottle and warm it in a pot over the stove. 🙂 I know… it’s totally cheating! However, if it’s the weekend and you’re in a festive mood, I encourage you to make a cup of homemade wassail. Just toss everything into a slow cooker and let it go for 4 hours. Not only will your house smell amazing… but the flavors in your cider will be mind-blowing… trust me! ❤

Slow Cooker Wassail

That’s it for today. A BIG thank you again for following, liking, and commenting on my blog. Have a wonderful day everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❤

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