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December 18, 2008 11:57 AM   Subscribe

OK, everyone knows Chanukah overlaps Christmas this year (it starts this Sunday evening), but do you have your dreidel game going? If you are full of Maccabean mojo, you might want to try to win some gelt at Major League Dreidel, No Limit Texas Dreidel, or even The World Series of Dreidel ("a chai stakes tournament"). For those of you who will only be playing at home, but would like something more convenient than a physical dreidel, there is also Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel – for your chai-phone, of course!
posted by ubiquity (19 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
In 2005 we totally hijacked Christmas.
posted by gman at 12:07 PM on December 18, 2008


That's one of the few things about hannukah that is better than Christmas. We gamble.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:22 PM on December 18, 2008


We gamble.

Athiests are totally hardcore. They have this HUGE running bet with Blaise Pascal going on.
posted by GuyZero at 12:23 PM on December 18, 2008 [3 favorites]


Almost everyone is familiar with Airliners.net...
OK, everyone knows Chanukah overlaps Christmas this year...

Some very charitable assumptions about the breadth of my knowledge today.
posted by DU at 12:26 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


"Chai stakes"? Why would you gamble for tea? Is it "all the tea in China"?

Yes, yes, I know the gutteral H sound in Hebrew. My mom celebrates (c)Hanukah.

When I worked at Starbucks, I had woman once order a "(c)hai latte", and I couldn't tell if she was trying to make a bad joke, or was just isolated in her little Brookline Jewish bubble that she didn't realize it's "chai" as in "church."

The previous winner of the World Series of Dreidel is from Chatsworth. $10 says they called it "Hatsworth" just to continue the joke.
posted by explosion at 12:33 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Do any chocolatiers make high-quality gelt?
posted by uncleozzy at 12:38 PM on December 18, 2008


Also, the obligatory Simpsons reference:

Homer: Son, it's called a droodel.
--Homer's Triple Bypass
posted by explosion at 12:43 PM on December 18, 2008


OK, everyone knows Chanukah overlaps Christmas this year

Okay. Right. Everyone knows Chunukah overlaps Christmas this year. Now, what about those droids I was looking for?
posted by katillathehun at 12:44 PM on December 18, 2008


I got this Chanukah story from my wife last night after cutting off part of my fingertip while preparing food for a Christmas party tonight. I can report that it is awesome and destined to be an ecumenical holiday classic.
posted by middleclasstool at 1:08 PM on December 18, 2008


I don't know whether to eat my gelt or go all-in.
posted by not_on_display at 1:18 PM on December 18, 2008


Never assume non-Jews know nothing.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:21 PM on December 18, 2008


Never assume non-Jews know nothing.
posted by Astro Zombie at 4:21 PM on December 18


Especially with all their secret meetings, record keeping, and inquisitions.
posted by Pastabagel at 1:35 PM on December 18, 2008



Especially with all their secret meetings, record keeping, and inquisitions.


I understand that no one ever expects that last one.
posted by thivaia at 1:40 PM on December 18, 2008


Do any chocolatiers make high-quality gelt?

This, I wonder.
posted by jessamyn at 2:35 PM on December 18, 2008


The worst part about hannukah? The songs! How can Jews write such great Christmas songs and yet still we're stuck with "Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel" and "Hanukkah Festival of Lights"?
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:43 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Do any chocolatiers make high-quality gelt?

Based on previous experience of their other products, I'd be willing to bet that Lake Champlain Chocolates has what it takes.

(Even if the Hannukah gelt is listed under the 'Christmas Chocolates' category. Sigh.)
posted by Daily Alice at 3:55 PM on December 18, 2008


No Limit Texas Dreidel is a really fun dreidel + poker combo. Get it on ModernTribe or check out the FAQ.
posted by jemonat at 6:00 PM on December 18, 2008


katilla: Here's the droidel you're looking for. (One of them, anyway.)
posted by unregistered_animagus at 6:30 PM on December 18, 2008


The worst part about hannukah? The songs! How can Jews write such great Christmas songs and yet still we're stuck with "Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel" and "Hanukkah Festival of Lights"?
posted by Astro Zombie

Woody Guthrie to the rescue! http://cdbaby.com/cd/klezmatics2 We play some of these in my friendly neighborhood klezmer band, wherein I'm the goy in the woodpile.
posted by tspae at 8:31 PM on December 18, 2008


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