COMPILED BY ELIZABETH APPLES
nstead of just throwing away
your empty cereal box, old
pens that have run out of ink,
thread spools or the sole re-
maining wheel from a toy car
that fell apart years ago, consid-
er turning your trash into trea-
Ask your friends to get a bunch
f you're looking for a nice gift
for a favorite friend, consider
a packet of handmade holiday
Blank cards are available at
craft stores, or you can make your
own with cardboard or other
thick, white paper.
Decorate with felt pins, antique
cutouts and photographs. You
also can use stamps and stamp
pads, sequins, glitter, felt shapes,
buttons, and make both regular
greeting cards and postcards. Try
making them for Rosh Hashanah,
Pesach, Shavuot and Purim.
When you're done, tie them all
together with a beautiful ribbon,
or place in a box and surround
with tissue paper. It's a nice idea
to add a sachet or a tiny bag of
potpourri in the box, as this will
leave your cards smelling beau-
of their old junk, too, then have
everybody get together and put
all the stuff on a table. Your mis-
sion: to make something won-
derful out of it all. You can all
build together (creating a city or
a strange creature is a good pro-
ject), or each can come up with
something on his own.
I Love You, Sweet Dreams
Remember planting that tree on Tu B'Shevat?
Reminds Me ...
ave you noticed that whenever you
mention a holiday or special time,
people seem to have a lot of good
stories to tell? Like that time when
your dog ate the round challah your moth-
er made (of course, it wasn't funny at the
time, but in retrospect ...). And how about
that Purim when your father came up with
that crazy costume, "Captain Chai"?
Here's an easy game you can make to
help all your memories come alive.
On small slips of cardboard, write the
names of Jewish holidays, birthdays, grad-
uations, births, weddings and other impor-
tant family sp ec ial occasions. Place in a small
bag or box. At dinner, or another time when
everyone is sitting together, have each per-
son pull out a slip. He must then refer to the
occasion on the card and complete the sen-
tence, "Something I remember on this day
is ..." You'll have a great time recalling mem-
ories, and making them even as you play!
othing in the world is nicer than
going to bed with a sweet thought.
Here's how to make that dream
come true for someone you love —
for a whole month!
Think of 30 great things about your
mother or father, sister or brother or best
when you were feel-
ing really blue and
your father took you
out for ice cream?
How about the time
your mother stayed
up late and ironed
your favorite dress
for you to wear the
next day? Do you
like the way your
sister tells a joke, the
way your brother
makes pizza bagels?
Once you have 30, write each on a slip
of paper (if you can draw, it would be nice
to add pictures, too). Every night before
you go to bed, leave one of the notes for
the person you love. You might add a
Hershey's kiss, as well.
Food For Thought
ooking for something different this
Pesach? These pseudo rugalach are
definitely different — but are they
different delicious or different aw-
ful? The Jewish News put them to the
Savion Better Than Rugalach
— certified Khaf-K for Passover,
pareve (we tried raspberry)
t 13, a boy becomes bar
mitzvah and obligated to
all the mitzvot. A girl be-
comes bat mitzvah when
she is 12.
When you became (or when
you will become) bar or bat mitz-
vah, how do you think your life
will change? Which mitzvot will
you begin observing?
Why do you think the Torah
picks the ages of 12 and 13 for
b'nai mitzvot? Why do you think
so many families feel the bar or
bat mitzvah ceremony marks
the end of their child's Jewish
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good for The Jewish News
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