On Thursday, we celebrated Purim with our homeschool group! It was a lot of fun, as well as being educational, and a good reminder of God's providence in the lives of men and women throughout history. (If you are unfamiliar with Purim, you can read more about what it is, how it is celebrated, and why we celebrated it here.)
I read aloud the entire book of Esther while the children colored pictures of the main characters from the book -- Vashti, King Ahasuerus, Haman, Mordecai, and of course, Esther! (I believe that busy hands make for more attentive ears!)
Whenever they heard the name, Haman, they would boo, shout, hiss, and shake noisemakers in order to "blot out" the name of the villain Haman! (Do you realize how many times Haman appears in the book of Esther???? 54 to be exact!) ;)
The kids (especially the active little boys in the group) loved doing this! Do you want just a little glimpse of how this played out??? ;) Just click here . . . and enjoy! :)
After reading the book of Esther, we enjoyed our "feast" of various kid-friendly foods, including the traditional Hamentaschen, which is made to represent Haman's hat. (Someone else brought these beautiful cookies -- to read about my epic adventure making Hamantaschen, click here!!)
We also sang, Happy 13th Birthday to Dianna, who is a beautiful daughter of the King of Kings!
Traditionally, Jews give gifts of food to friends and family and to the poor on Purim. So, we all brought in canned goods and other food items to give to the poor. Then, we took the food, clothes, and toiletry items that we had been collecting over to the Salvation Army.
Candy, from the Salvation Army, talked to the kids about how the Salvation Army helps the homeless and how they feed the hungry right here in our community every day. She then fielded a wide variety of interesting questions! :)
Interestingly, they were out of salt there, and we were able to replenish their supply of salt!
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men." ~ Matthew 5:13
Taking food to the Salvation Army was the perfect way to end our Purim Party!