Rock’n Round the Hanukkah Table Holiday Contest Story



Rock’n round the Hanukkah table
By Michelle Kogan © 2015

Rock’n round the Hanukkah table
with the Holiday lights aglow.

Moshe’s mouths munch’n mama’s latkes
faster than she can pass ‘em round.

Old Uncle Sam’s spinn’n the dreidel,
‘fore the dinner plates even cleared,

Pinch’n his pennies for the very
next years, dynamic dreidel game.

Moshe dashes for the last Latke,
while mama’s eyes roll all around.

She’s hoping his tummy hangs on through
desert, dreidels, and a bit more….

The candles are swaying to and fro,
sending warm feelings all around.

Hanukkah cookies, candy, gelt, and
treats fill our eyes with great delight.

Mama eyes Moshe so does Papa,
but by now it’s a bit too late.

His eyes are heavy and his tummy
aches, so Sis helps him take a break…

Lie’n on the couch, wished he’d eaten
less, but he knows he’ll have to wait.

Uncle Sam, Sis, and friend Susie, all
hoot’n over the dreidel game.

Moshe tears up but Max’s wet tongue,
tickles and lifts his tummy ache

Eyes all dry with Max at his side, they
wander by the delicious treats…

But turn away with a concealed smile
and join the daring dreidel game.

Uncle Sam offers Moshe his lap,
with a smile as big as the sky.

They all play till the candles burn low,
and the pennies start piling high.

Goodnights begin but Moshe slips in
a special Hanukkah surprise…

A glittering menorah by yours
truly, for each one to display!

My Hanukkah story in verse is an entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 5th Annual Holiday Contest!!!! You can read all about it and visit her wonderful blog here: Susanna Leonard Hill Something for Everyone in the World of Children’s Books.

Happy Holidays and Cheers!

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: and her website:
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17 Responses to Rock’n Round the Hanukkah Table Holiday Contest Story

  1. JEN Garrett says:

    So sweet! I love the taste of Hanukkah’s traditions in this story.

  2. Gabi Snyder says:

    This makes me super hungry! You depict a vivid picture of Hanukkah festivities and your painting is lovely.

  3. Love it! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

  4. Catherine Johnson says:

    Such fun, Michelle! 😃👍

  5. Lauri Meyers says:

    A rockin’ Hanukkah Michelle!

  6. Gregory E Bray says:

    Great to see some Hanukkah stories in the competition. Nicely done. =)

  7. What a lovely glimpse of family and Hanukkah traditions… and haven’t we all had those moments of regret for holiday over-indulgence! I’m glad Max could make Moshe feel better 🙂 Happy Holidays, Michelle, and thanks so much for joining in the contest fun!

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