While most of us light candles to celebrate Hanukkah, we know that the miraculous oil that lasted for eight days came from olives.
If you have kids and grands who enjoy discovering “how” things work, like our little ones, teach them more about growing olives. Allison Ofanasky’s book, “Harvest of Light,” takes you through the steps of how an Israeli family harvests olives to be processed into oil. The story is told from the daughter’s perspective of gathering and sorting the olives to pressing then and then, finally, using that special light to light their menorah.
How to bring oil into our celebrations
Our little Caleb (5) loves olives and capers and all things vinegary. So a pretty dish of olives on your Hanukkah table is a fine way to start.
For something a bit more sophisticated, try this tapenade recipe from Alton Brown with mixed olives, anchovy fillets, garlic, capers, basic, lemon juice and olive oil.
Or you can make this Orange Olive Oil Cake by recipe Melissa Darabian.
Family olive oil tasting
We have discovered a nearby specialty store that sells vinegars and olive oils. We are hooked. Persian Lime Oil. Blood Orange. Tuscan Herb. Red Cayenne Chili. The choices go on and on.
Our little guys are now old enough for this olive oil tasting game:
- Buy three flavors of olive oil; pour into small bowls labeled #1, #2, and #3.
- Cut crunchy Italian bread into chunks. Put into a big bowl in the middle of the table.
- Pass out little plates to round out the snack with chunks of cheese and fresh veggies.
- Sit around the table, munching and tasting and describing the flavors.
- Add wine for an adult crowd.
Check out our Hanukkah Pinterest Board for tons of ideas!
Hanukkah Shopping – Hanukkah Fun Pak
Ready to get started planning your family’s Hanukkah celebration? The Hanukkah Fun Pak is the perfect way to kick things off. Learn how to make edible dreidels and menorahs. Practice “lighting” the candles and flames that your little ones color. And create a 6-foot Hanukkah banner as a family project. Perfect activities to start over the Thanksgiving break. Or get a Hanukkah Bingo Game to start learning the holiday symbols.
Want a refresher for the Hanukkah Blessings? Get our Hanukkah Blessings Tutorial.
Click here to see what else we have for your Hanukkah celebration.