Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, starts Saturday night. To mark this joyous occasion, we offer five TV shows in which a dreidel — the four-sided top-like toy that’s spun at Hanukkah time — has been featured.
v “Jesus vs. Santa”: The holiday song “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel” was sung by Kyle in “Jesus vs. Santa” (Dec. 1, 1995), an animated short by Trey Parker and Matt Stone that served as a pilot of sorts for “South Park.” It also was sung in the “South Park” Christmas special, “Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics” (Dec. 1, 1999).
v “Friends”: “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel” was also sung by Ross (David Schwimmer) in the “Friends” episode of Dec. 14, 2000. Ross was trying to teach his son Ben about the meaning of Hanukkah, but the boy could only keep thinking about Santa.
v “Friends”: Also on “Friends” (Dec. 18, 1997), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) used the word “dreidel” to rhyme with Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) in a song she wrote for the holidays.
v “The Simpsons”: In “The Simpsons” episode “Homer’s Triple Bypass” (Dec. 17, 1992), Homer asks Krusty’s father, Rabbi Krustofski, for the money he needs for his operation. But instead of the money, he only gets a dreidel.
v “The Simpsons”: And in “The Simpsons” episode “I Don’t Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (Oct. 14, 2007), Marge stops at Shlomo’s Judaica Dreidel Blowout Sale on her way to visit a prisoner.
“the grammy nominations concert live! — countdown to music’s biggest night” (10 p.m., cbs): LL Cool J and Taylor Swift co-host “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night.” Maroon 5, Ne-Yo and Fun are among the scheduled performers.
“american horror story: ASYLUM” (10 P.M., FX): This truly does sound like a nightmare before Christmas: On “American Horror Story: Asylum,” a killer Kris Kringle wreaks havoc at Briarcliff, while Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) has a confrontation with the devil.
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Light display open at Boardman Park
Boardman Park’s free holiday light display is now open from 5 to 10 p.m. every night until Jan. 2. Several displays at the Maag T heatre are synchronized to music; visitors must tune their radio to FM 88.9. There are two new displays this year — “Candy Mountain” and “Santa’s Work Shop” — along with 18 other lighted displays and holiday decorations.
For information, to go boardmanpark.com.
Victorian-themed holiday open house
Sutliff Museum’s free Christmas open house will be Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The decorations feature an authentic Victorian Feather Tree and silk Christmas greeting cards from the 1880s. The delicate tree is hung with antique blown glass ornaments collected over many years. The silk greeting cards are in pastel colors and feature flowers and scenes unlike modern Christmas cards. The museum is in the Warren Library.
Go to sutliffmuseum.org.