光明节快乐!Happy Hanukkah

On Friday, Linda and I hosted a 光明节[guāngmíngjié], or Hanukkah party. I invited all of the XISU foreign teachers in addition to some Chinese friends.

It was a potluck, so each guest brought a homemade or store-bought item. It was a nice chance to chat with everyone. There were about three rounds of guests. The older crowd came at 6, with another group arriving around 7, and the stragglers arriving around 8. At some point in the evening, there was around two dozen people gathered in my not excessively large apartment. Most of the partygoers gathered in the living room, while some gathered in the kitchen. Linda, Immo, and I had brought up Sara’s couch so that we could have extra seating. I also borrowed chairs from Mike. All in all, I would declare it a successful evening.

One of the partygoers, the other foreign Jewish teacher sent me some kind words via email the next day: “Hi Marissa: Thanks for the nice party. Really pleasant, GREAT latkas, and good time all around! Happy Channukah!

Now for the onslaught of pictures!

Preparing latkes. Linda and I doubled the recipe and they were still gone in a short period of time. 
The masterpiece. 
We staggered our servings so that everyone had an equal opportunity to devour them. 
Half Linda’s homemade applesauce and half mine. I had made a batch, with Linda’s guidance, of course, several weeks ago and froze it. When we realized how many guests we would have, Linda whipped up another batch on Tuesday. This is when we also made a Martha Stewart Sufganiyot recipe. Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any pictures. As my students would say, it is a pity! 
Some snacks and the soon-to-be buffet. 
Some tinsel I purchased for the festivities. 
I finally decorated the apartment with various gifts I have received, maps of China, Xi’an, and Shaanxi province.  
Linda bought me these vegetable and fruit posters to spruce up the apartment a bit. I have also hung some picture on the fridge for when I have the homesick blues. 
The latke recipe doubled. I am very grateful that Ruth left me her double burner as Linda and I were able to cook latkes at the same time; doubling the recipe resulted in the latke mixture appearing to never end.  Sara’s vegetable and pasta soup is heating on the stove. 
From left to right: Sue, Beth, Edith, & Gale. 
The spread. This wasn’t everything, but some things had to be placed on the TV stand. The spread included: cookies, muffins, deviled eggs, latkes, applesauce, Chinese greens, jelly, carrot cake, chocolate cake, chili, homemade bread, cream puffs, fruit, and various Chinese snacks. 
Steffi and I. Steffi is a German student studying Chinese. She’s a year younger…quite nice and easy to talk to. 
Ma Ying and Immo. Immo is a friend of Linda’s whom is visiting from Germany. Ma Ying is a Chinese colleague of Linda’s in the German department. We have lunch every week and I have a chance to speak Chinese. She’s so easy to talk to and sometimes that isn’t always particularly easy with Chinese. She spent some time in Germany and that is in fact where Linda met her. 
After: Most of the food has been consumed. This photo was captured about an hour and a half later. People nearly devoured the table. Linda and I were both guilty of eating a lot. We slaved all day in the kitchen. 
Partygoers.
Gale and 我的姐姐,Hui Li. Her company is always welcome.  I played Hanukkah music via Pandora during the entire evening to set a holiday ambience. 
Lto R: Chris, John, Mike, and Matt. 

It was really nice to host a party especially with such ease due to Linda’s immense help. I could sit and enjoy people’s company as Linda held down the fort. It was really a successful evening and will be something I will recall as a joyous part of my “中国生活, China life.”


Up next: Christmas Eve, German Christmas dinner, and White Elephant Party.

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