Hanukkah Gift of Family Fun for You

Hanukkah games

  In the Thanksgiving spirit, and knowing that some of you will be home for the long weekend, we want to gift you with our Happy Hanukkah Art & Activity Pak (regularly $2.97). With this digital download, you can truly bring the whole family into the Hanukkah spirit with a diverse mix of fun projects. You get Cheerful pictures to use in decorating, making Hanukkah cards, or creating charming gift tags Black-and-white illustrations ready for coloring A design-your-own 6-foot-long Happy Hanukkah Banner Menorah cut-and-color activity that welcomes even the littlest … [Read more...]

Two Memorable DIY Hanukkah Gifts

Make a personalized calendar as a DIY Hanukkah gift

At his 5-year-old birthday, Jake shared with us that he did not love getting clothes as presents. Duly noted. So when we bought him and his brother back-to-school clothes, I promised that their Hanukkah gifts would not be mostly clothes! Make a personalized calendar Of course, toys are high on their wish lists, especially as they get older and know what Sam and Ben and their other buddies have at home. But our boys also love the photographic calendars I make for them. They make the perfect Hanukkah presents – because they last all year, they’re unique, and they help with reading, … [Read more...]

Hanukkah Gift of Music For You

box of Hanukkah games

Wow! Rabbi Judy Caplan Ginsburgh is offering us the special Hanukkah present of a 50% discount on her lovely CD, “Boker Tov, Laila Tov.” Translation: Good Morning, Good Night. With 19 favorite Hebrew, English and Yiddish songs for families, the CD features a host of upbeat, playtime, energizing songs, like Kum Bachur Atzayl (Wake Up, Lazy Boy), and softer, slower songs, including a truly beautiful version of Shalom Rav. The insert includes the words, which I find incredibly helpful. My faves? An upbeat version of Bim Bam (Shabbat welcome song), Hokey Pokey Hebrew Style (I think my … [Read more...]

My Hanukkah Gift to You

Learn Hanukkah basics, Hanukkah story, Hanukkah foods, Hanukkah decorations

Yes! We are just a month away from Hanukkah 2015! As my thank you for the pleasure of your company on our JewishHolidaysInABox journey, I’m giving away our Celebrate Hanukkah: How to Light Up Your Holiday (regularly $4.97). And if you are already an old pro with celebrating Hanukkah, download the e-book to pass along to a friend who might value it. You will learn how to get the most family fun out of this eight-night festival, along with five-minute ways to decorate your home with Hanukkah spirit using materials you already have. Learn how to: Answer questions about Hanukkah … [Read more...]

Creating a Joy Jar

Joy and Judaism

I love discovering that the traditions we create as a family are so easily embraced by our grandchildren. After Jake (5) and Caleb (3) helped me create a Joy Jar, they mentioned it to a cousin, with a tone that said, “well, everyone has a Joy Jar, right?” So what is a Joy Jar? Think of it as another method -- like photographs and videos -- for capturing fleeting memories and precious sayings. Want to know more about the place of joy in Judaism? Check out this article called Joydaism by Michael Mantell, Ph.D. He notes that there are 10 different Hebrew words that have to do with joy and … [Read more...]