I put up our hanukkah decorations last night and the kids were so excited when they saw it all this morning!
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.)
The large menorah is from pottery barn (last year) but they have it again this year and it is on sale now.
My kids love to play dreidel!
The dreidel is also from pottery barn (last year) but they have it again this year on sale!
I love that we are starting new traditions with our little family. I hope to keep it up each year, so one day they can keep these traditions with their families.
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