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2017 December 16

Marcus with dreidel

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Although my family is not Jewish, we celebrate Chanukah as well as Christmas. We also have a small Festivus pole and eat Solstice cookies—any excuse to celebrate!

Our new kitten, Marcus, has decided that he like dreidels.  He prefers a small plastic one that he can bat around, but was willing to pose with a larger one:

2016 December 24

Impossible gelt label

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Tonight was the first night of Chanukah, so my wife gave our son some Chanukah gelt (foil-covered chocolate coins) for playing dreidel.  He noticed an anomaly on the label:

Can you spot the problem on this label?

Can you spot the problem on this label?







He noticed that though the serving size was only 15g, there were 8g of fat and 9g of carbohydrates.  Because fats and carbohydrates are disjoint sets, this means that there 17g of fats and carbohydrates. I then noticed that of the 8g of fat, 20g were saturated! This chocolate must really pack a strong punch, with 20g of saturated fats and 9g of carbohydrates in only 15g!

Based on the normal fat and sugar content of milk chocolate, I believe that the label should have 5g of fat, 3g of which are saturated, but it is hard to be sure, as low-quality milk chocolate varies so much in composition.

Incidentally, our family celebrates both Chanukah and Christmas, though we are neither Jewish nor Christian—we also put up a small Festivus pole and celebrate the Winter Solstice with solstice cookies—we just feel a need for a lot of holidays mid-winter (even though winter here is like spring in most of the USA).

2015 December 25

Christmas tree topper

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We celebrate a number of different holidays in our house around this time of year: Channukah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Festivus, … .

For Channukah, we light the menorah with the traditional blessings, give trinket presents, eat latkes, and play dreidel. For Christmas, we decorate a tree, light up the porch, and give slightly larger presents. For Solstice, we eat round solstice cookies (basically shortbread). For Festivus, we have a tiny Fesitvus pole.

Channukah this year was a bit lower key than usual, as our son was still at UCSB for most of Channukah.  We saved the latkes until he got home and didn’t give presents or play dreidel.  We did light the menorah (except for 2 nights, when we forgot):


Christmas was also fairly low key—we didn’t get around to the porch lights this year, because of the rain early in the week and my son being a bit ill on Christmas Eve, when we would normally have put the lights up. We did bring in our usual live tree, and my wife decorated it. One novelty this year—we stuck on a different tree topper than usual. The clear plastic head was made a few years ago out of packing tape, using my head as a pattern. (Google “packing tape sculpture” for information about how to make such sculptures.) We had it out, because we hadn’t put it away after Halloween, so I stuck it on top of the tree. I liked the effect—particularly the way one of the branches ended up at the level of the eyes:


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