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Little Patchwork Doll
Multicultural Ornaments for Winter

This is a series of ornaments/wall hangings that I designed and made not just for holidays, but for any day of the year.
I really enjoyed reading the many stories of different cultures and religions and the celebrations and customs that are observed.
The dolls are all unique! Each has an object representative of various world holidays on the back, so the ornaments are reversible! ie: Hanukkah Doll/Menorah
While realizing that there are hundreds and hundreds of different celebrations, I have chosen just a handful. There are simply not enough hours in the day! Please note that these dolls are MY artistic interpretations and are not meant as religious/cultural icons. I have tried, and hopefully succeeded, to capture a very small part of each holiday celebration. Every culture is special and has fascinating history behind the celebrations that I myself would like to share with you!
The Specs:
The doll heads/faces are made from dollknit fabric, and hand-drawn; the patchwork ornament is 4” x 4” and is hand and machine embroidered. The designs on the backs are hand appliquéd and embroidered. Each comes with a hanging cord. There will be a short version of the celebration story sent with each doll.
Please visit my website to view past dolls and to order commissions. Thank you. www.mountaindollsnthings.com

( Variant spelling of Hebrew unisex Adi, meaning "my ornament" or "my witness." Compare with another form of Addie)

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar.In Hebrew, the word "hanukkah" means “dedication.” The name reminds us that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E
The Hanukkah Story
In 168 B.C.E. the Jewish Temple was seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers and dedicated to the worship of the god Zeus. This upset the Jewish people, but many were afraid to fight back for fear of reprisals. Then in 167 B.C.E. the Syrian-Greek emperor Antiochus made the observance of Judaism an offense punishable by death. He also ordered all Jews to worship Greek gods.

Jewish resistance began in the village of Modiin, near Jerusalem. Greek soldiers forcibly gathered the Jewish villages and told them to bow down to an idol, then eat the flesh of a pig – both practices that are forbidden to Jews. A Greek officer ordered Mattathias, a High Priest, to acquiesce to their demands, but Mattathias refused. When another villager stepped forward and offered to cooperate on Mattathias' behalf, the High Priest became outraged. He drew his sword and killed the villager, then turned on the Greek officer and killed him too. His five sons and the other villagers then attacked the remaining soldiers, killing all of them.

Mattathias and his family went into hiding in the mountains, where other Jews wishing to fight against the Greeks joined them.

Eventually they succeeded in retaking their land from the Greeks. These rebels became known as the Maccabees, or Hasmoneans.

Once the Maccabees had regained control they returned to the Temple in Jerusalem. By this time it had been spirituallydefiled by being used for the worship of foreign gods and also by practices such as sacrificing swine. Jewish troops were determined to purify the Temple by burning ritual oil in the Temple’s menorah for eight days. But to their dismay, they discovered that there was only one day's worth of oil left in the Temple. They lit the menorah anyway and to their surprise the small amount of oil lasted the full eight days.

This is the miracle of the Hanukkah oil that is celebrated every year when Jews light a special menorah known as a hanukkiyah for eight days. One candle is lit on the first night of Hanukkah, two on the second, and so on, until eight candles are lit.