Feb 12 2013
Purim is getting closer and closer (February 23rd to be exact) and we’ve still got costumes on our minds. If your family is planning on going to any parades, parties, or Purim celebrations, we’ve got a few ideas for family costumes that you just might like. These collaborative costumes are super cute for both adults and kids, and it’s the one time of year wear it isn’t totally lame for a family to sport matching outfits. Enjoy!
1. Sock Monkeys
Something tells me a family of Sock Monkeys might be the cutest thing ever. This baby costume ($19.99) alone is enough to make anyone swoon, but pair it with the toddler girl costume ($24.90) the adult sock monkey costume ($36.04), or this more womanly take ($23.46) and you’ve got a winning set. Read the rest of this entry →
Feb 11 2013
Last year, I wrote about my first Purim in the United States, when I was convinced that only a store-bought costume could make me a true American.
My native-born oldest son, on the other hand, has no such hang-ups. To him, Purim (and Halloween) are the two greatest days on the calendar, as they allow him to get creative and design and construct his own costumes. (The rest of the year, he has to settle for merely dressing–and criticizing–me. When I was getting ready to attend a function at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, my then 11-year-old looked the outfit I’d selected up and down, and dismissed, “Too loud for Carnegie Hill.”)
He’s been playing Edith Head since he was about 6 years old, all on his own, with no help from me. Which is how I can say with confidence that the following are, as they say, kid-tested/mother-approved Do-It-Yourself Costumes Easy Enough For a Child To Make (because they actually were): Read the rest of this entry →
Feb 7 2013
Yes, that’s a young Mayim BIalik all dressed up for Purim.
We really love any excuse to show off this photo of young Mayim sporting a homemade kimono for Purim. If you’re looking for some fun DIY ideas that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, take a look at Mayim’s 6 tips for making your own outfits at home. Also, she reveals some of her own childhood costumes which included a gypsy, a 1950′s “Greaser” (more than once), and ballet recital costumes. And then there was the year she simply went in her Brownie uniform. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. Read on…
Feb 6 2013
The centerpiece of Purim is a big feast, a seudah, to be eaten with one’s family and friends during the day of Purim. This feast harkens back to the banquet that Esther held with King Ahaseurus and Haman as her honored guests. Also on Purim day, it’s customary to deliver packages of treats to friends, family, and the poor.
Basically, that means lots of delicious food on Purim. Here at Kveller we’ve got your back with lots of excellent Purim recipes. Read the rest of this entry →
Feb 5 2013
Last month, we co-sponsored the launch of The Purim Superhero by Elizabeth Kushner, winner of Keshet’s National Book-Writing Contest. The picture book is the first ever LGBT-inclusive Jewish kids’ book published in English, and it tells the super cute story of a little boy named Nate.
Nate has a Purim dilemma. He loves aliens and really wants to wear an alien costume for Purim, but his friends are all dressing as superheroes and he wants to fit in. What will he do? With the help of his two dads he makes a surprising decision. Read the rest of this entry →
Feb 4 2013
Let’s not beat around the bush: Purim is the craziest Jewish holiday of the year. There’s carnivals and parades, cookies and noisemakers, religion-sanctioned drunkenness, and of course, the costumes.
Many consider Purim to be the Jewish Halloween, and your kids certainly won’t mind getting into the spirit of the holiday by dressing up as whatever they want! Purim comes early this year, starting at sundown on Saturday, February 23rd, so if you don’t already have a costume in place, now’s the time to start looking. The internet’s cup runneth over with all kinds of costumes, but we’ve searched through the endless choices and found our favorites just for you. From cutesy to Jewishy to just plain weird, here they are. Read the rest of this entry →
Jan 17 2013
Yesterday, we announced the launch of The Purim Superhero, the first LGBT-inclusive Jewish children’s book in English. Today, one mother reflects on initial reactions to the book.
The other day, Kveller’s partner site MyJewishLearning.com posted on their Facebook page about a new children’s book coming out that focuses on Purim. According to the write-up, Elisabeth Kushner’s The Purim Superhero is “the sweet story of a boy named Nate who has a Purim dilemma: he loves aliens and really wants to wear an alien costume for Purim, but his friends are all dressing as superheroes, and he wants to fit in. With the help of his two dads, he makes a surprising decision.” Read the rest of this entry →
Jan 16 2013
As you may have guessed, we’re huge fans of Jewish children’s books, which is why we were very excited to co-sponsor the launch of The Purim Superhero, the first LGBT-inclusive Jewish children’s book in English!
This book, written by Elisabeth Kushner and illustrated by Mike Byrne, was the winner of Keshet’s National Book-Writing Contest, and we couldn’t be happier to finally see it released from Kar-Ben Publishing.
So what’s it all about? Read the rest of this entry →
Mar 23 2012
This was our second year of collecting adorable photos of your kids in Purim costumes, and man, we love it! Thanks to all of you who sent in photos–and feel free to send more and we’ll add them (just email firstname.lastname@example.org).
And now that we’re done with Purim, it’s on to Passover. Don’t forget to take those cute shots of kids eating matzah!
Mar 9 2012
Some of last year's adorable Purim costumes.
If your kids love dressing up as much as ours do, they’re probably pretty depressed that Purim is over. Combine that with the sugar-low from having already eaten all of the hamantaschen, and man, there’s a tantrum headed your way soon.
But if you’re still not done staring at the adorable pictures of your kids dressed up as animals, clowns, kings, queens, hamantaschen, and more–send them in to us! That’s right folks–it’s our Second Annual Purim Costume Contest. Last year we attempted to pick winners, but that was WAY hard. How do you decide the cutest of cute kids dressed in costumes? Impossible. This year, we’ll be doing a photo slideshow–so if you get your photos in by Wednesday, March 14 at 5 pm, your kids will be live on Kveller before you know it!
Just send your photos to email@example.com to share the cuteness. We can’t wait to see them!