Notes: This was for the Holiday Challenge on the Young Justice Fanfiction Challenges forum. My assigned holiday was Hanukkah! Please note: I am not Jewish, so if there are any errors please feel free to point them out to me. I got my information from Wikipedia. -_-;
Standard disclaimer applies.
"Ha-ha! Yes! Hanukkah's almost here!" Wally cheered gleefully.
Wally was in front of the small calendar in the lounge. Everyone was seated in the living room, doing their own thing. Due to the holidays rapidly approaching, training and missions had been put on hold. Having little else to do, however, the team was hanging out or doing "bonding exercises" as was their cover, at Mt. Justice.
Megan glided over curiously, "What is Hanukkah?"
"You don't know what Hanukkah is?" Wally face-palmed himself, "Well, of course you wouldn't, being from Mars and all… Heh-heh. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrating the burning of oil that was only supposed to stay lit for one day but lasted eight."
The Martian frowned, "I am confused. The burning of oil has you excited?"
"The burning of the oil is just some of the history behind the holiday. What has me excited is all the fried food, gift-giving, and gelt," Wally grinned widely.
By this time, Wally had garnered the attention of everyone. Even the video game that Superboy and Robin were playing had been paused.
"What's gelt?" Superboy asked.
"Two words: cold cash."
Robin snorted, "Of course you'd like the gelt best."
"Nah, it's a close second though. My mom's jam-filled doughnuts take first."
Megan smiled, "Your Earth holidays are so interesting and diverse. On Mars, we only have a few celebrations."
"If you'd like, I could bring over some of the left-over food the next day after each celebration," Wally offered.
"Your parents wouldn't mind?"
"Mom would be cool with it. She already has to make a lot of food to deal with my appetite; I'll just ask her to put some of it aside."
"Thank you, Wally!" Megan said, hands clasped before her, "I'll go make some cookies to give to your mother!"
The start of Hanukkah found the team eating various fried foods, including jam-filled doughnuts, fritters, and potato pancakes.
The afternoon following the last day of Hanukkah, Wally arrived with a backpack full of goodies.
"What's in the bag? I thought Hanukkah was over," Artemis said.
"It is, but I realized that I forgot to teach you guys the dreidel game."
"Dreidel game?" Kaldur asked from his spot beside Artemis on the couch.
"Yeah. It's kind of a kid's game, but I used to play it all the time. Basically, everyone gets a four-sided top, the dreidel," Wally pulled one out, "and you spin it," Wally demonstrated, "and hope it lands on a certain side to win some candy. You see, everyone has some candy, and the object of the game is to get everyone else's by betting and winning when the dreidel lands on the right side."
"Yeah, that sounds like something you'd enjoy," Artemis said.
"Ignoring. So, you guys want to play?" Wally asked the team.
"Sure. Sounds fun," Superboy said, beginning to clear off the coffee table for a hard surface to play the game.
The game stretched well into the evening, the team laughing and generally having a good time. Wally had won three times, Kaldur twice, and Robin once. Superboy was getting frustrated, but Wally shared his bag of M&Ms to appease him.
"This has been great fun. Thank you for sharing your holiday with us," Megan smiled.
"Hey, no problem. If you liked this, wait until the Justice League's Holiday Bash. Don't let the stiff image of superheroes like Batman and Red Tornado fool you, those guys really know how to party."
"Then I'll look forward to it."
Wally smiled. Sharing Hanukkah with his friends had been great. Maybe they could do a "Share Your Holiday" thing every year. In that case, they could totally celebrate Christmas too. Can anyone say more presents?