Ever since having kids, I have been putting more effort into decorating for Holidays.
Even with the slim pickens of Hanukkah decorations at the store, I made it work.
Just some brief overview on Hanukkah and what it is:
In Hebrew "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.
Once the Maccabees had regained control they returned to the Temple in Jerusalem. By this time the Temple has been defiled by using it for worship of foreign Gods and sacrificing swine. Jewish troops were determined to purify the Temple by burning ritual oil in the Temple's menorah for eight days.
But they only had enough oil left for one day in the Temple. (It took 8 days to make more oil) They lit the menorah anyways and to their surprise the small amount of oil lasted for the full eight days!
Every year it is customary to commemorate the miracle of the Hanukkah by lighting a hanukkah menorah. The hanukkah is lit every night for eight nights.
Traditionally the Hanukkah menorah is set in front of the window (we tried it but with a curious 2 year old, it wasn't very safe) For next year, we will buy a electric menorah to put in the window.
So I set up the menorahs in the dining area:
On the First night of Hanukkah:
Little Em lighting the menorah we got her
On the second night of hanukkah:
On the third night of hanukkah:
On the 4th night of Hanukkah:
On the 5th night of Hanukkah we made sugar cookies:
and Hanukkah doughnuts:
On the 6th night of Hanukkah:
The 7th night of Hanukkah was Friday night, which was Shabbat:
All the Shabbat food ready:
Playing the dreidel race game:
Anything cooked in oil is considered a Holiday food.
We love our latkes:
On the last night of Hanukkah:
That was our Hanukkah!
The kids enjoyed celebrating for 8 days. We got them presents and spent a lot of time singing, playing games and eating too much food. I am already looking forward to the next Hanukkah!