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SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 39,409
9/21/10 10:28 A

Thanks for the feedback, I'll pass it along!

Coach Denise

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9/20/10 10:14 P

i could see people giving noisemakers as goodies for reasons besides this holiday. like new year's eve or if someone reaches a major weight milestone and wants to make some noise about it. :)

fyi, there are no christian goodies although there is a christmas tree, some holly, and an easter basket. that's the only thing i can find related to a christian holiday, but that's the secular spin on the holidays, not the real point.

Edited by: KAREN42BOYS at: 9/20/2010 (22:21)
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9/20/10 4:20 P

Thanks for having the Chanukah menorah. A dreydl is another possible goodie. Chanukah is a minor Jewish holiday and is not even the holiday where gifts are traditionally exchanged. That holiday would be Purim. It would be lovely to have a grogger (noisemaker) for that. The major holidays are the Jewish new year (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). Wonderful goodies would be a shofar (ram's horn), apples and honey, and a book of life (I ended up giving folks a copy of The Spark which is a book of life but it isn't quite the same). The other major holidays are the pilgrimage festivals - Sukkot (starts this Wednesday night) which has 2 symbols - the sukkah (hut) and lulav. The lulav is the 4 species - myrtle, willow, and date palm along with an etrog (citron). Passover could be represented by a piece of matzah, a haggadah (the book used at the Passover seder) or a seder plate. If you google image any of these words you'll find lots of samples.

I know that Jews are not a major group at SparkPeople but if at least one of these symbols for each holiday could be added it would be fantastic.

Thanks for all you do.

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