There's this Jewish holiday called Purim that's infinitely more awesome than Hanukkah. It's like Halloween, only the treats are delivered to you by friends and family and neighbors and people who think they owe you something (It's called Mishloach Manot). It's also like Mardi Gras because we're supposed to dress up and party/feast. Unfortunately, Purim has gotten less and less party-like over the years because everyone makes a big deal out of Hanukkah even though it's not technically even a Holiday (as in Holy Day since it's about as Holy fourth of July).
Purim used to be one of my favorite holidays. We used to make Hamentashen (the traditional traingular pastry things) and put effort into our costumes. This year, I didn't know when it was until the day before. We bought Hamentashen from the Synagogue instead of making our own. We threw together our costumes out of random things around the house and things I use for convention outfits. And the worst part was, we were still the most enthusiastic group in the entire synagogue. Seriously, they used the smaller (though prettier) chapel instead of the main one. Anyway, here are a couple pictures of my family and our friend Lizzy dressed up for purim last monday.