Our first opportunity to celebrate came in the form of the monthly family service, which (fortunately for our family) is aimed largely at preschool-age children. Thus, Sam and Rachel fit right in, and we have really enjoyed going to these services ever since they started up (in their current format) this past December.
Our costumes, as you can see below, were pretty low-key, and basically took the form of foam crowns that were on hand, so we could "dress up" as Queen Esther, King Ahasuerus, or some other royal personage. The family service featured lots of instruments, noise-makers (yes, the distinction is pretty fuzzy in a crowd of preschoolers) and singing, and a somewhat abbreviated telling of the story, featuring Natasha as Queen Esther!
last time. Rachel was dressed up as a "spring fairy", which may or may not have simply been a good excuse for her to wear her super-cute Polka-Dot Piggy tutu that she got for Christmas.
Here are Sam and Rachel after the "whole megillah" was read, enjoying some small toys that were handed out to the kids in attendance.