Hanukah Suggestions?

  1. Hello all.

    I am Jewish, but my mother did not do much for the celebration of Hanukah. Maybe she lit the Menorah on the first night....maybe....

    Anyway, I would like to do more for my children, who are 1 and 3. I had a small dinner at my house last year, but that was the extent of it...dinner, candles, presents. It seemed kind of boring/lame.

    If anyone here is Jewish, or if anyone has celebrated Hanukah with a friend, I was wondering if you have any suggestions for me--anything that stood out to you. I'm not looking to do anything over the top, but just something to keep it fun.

    I'm really open to any ideas: food (aside from the Latkas), games, songs, maybe decorations????....anything that comes to mind.

    Thank you!
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  3. by   sirI
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  4. by   jnette
    Quote from np_wannabe
    Hello all.

    I am Jewish, but my mother did not do much for the celebration of Hanukah. Maybe she lit the Menorah on the first night....maybe....

    Anyway, I would like to do more for my children, who are 1 and 3. I had a small dinner at my house last year, but that was the extent of it...dinner, candles, presents. It seemed kind of boring/lame.

    If anyone here is Jewish, or if anyone has celebrated Hanukah with a friend, I was wondering if you have any suggestions for me--anything that stood out to you. I'm not looking to do anything over the top, but just something to keep it fun.

    I'm really open to any ideas: food (aside from the Latkas), games, songs, maybe decorations????....anything that comes to mind.

    Thank you!

    Hi there NP wannabe...
    Have you tried Googling for some ideas? There are some wonderful sites with all kinds of tips out here... I'm sure you'll find some good ones. Just type in Hanukkah Celebration Ideas.


    And Happy Hanukkah to you and yours!
  5. by   prmenrs
  6. by   P_RN
    This would be a good time to have friends over for a recipe exchange. Chocolate coins for the kids, of course a dreidel to spin and you can use pennies or the chocolate coins for the "pot'.

    You will need a Menorah with the 7 nights candles and the shamash to light them with. Do you have a mezuza at the door? The menorah is placed in the window facing the street and the mezuza is to it's right.

    Chanukkah is not the same as Christmas so if you will rear your children as Jewish they must realize this. One and 3 is a bit young, but if you follow the suggestions at premenrs's site you can lead them into expecting the tradition of lighting the candles, the history behind the lights, the prayers to be said when they are lighted.

    My Jewish friends from childhood tell me they remember their parents and grandparents teaching them the holiday and now they are teaching their children.

    Perhaps your rabbai or other temple friends can give you suggestions, or perhaps you could have a multiple family celebration.

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