Hanukkah Decorations & Colors

Did you know that Hanukkah, according to some research, has now jumped ahead of Passover as the most celebrated Jewish holiday in North America? And this year, with Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coming at the same time, we have an extra opportunity to jazz up our homes with the colors and flavors of the season. I’m planning a joyous mix of oranges and reds and golden yellows to honor both the harvest and the colors of Hanukkah flames. This year’s double-holiday raises some issues, especially for experienced decorators. Here’s one Mom’s brilliant solution: “I love the decorating part of … [Read more...]

“Can You Explain Hanukkah to Our Students?”

So many of us get the call his time of year: “Can you come explain Hanukkah to our students?” I got the call when our younger daughter was in 5th grade. And the request was to explain Hanukkah as part of Christmas Around the World Day – to all five of the 5th grade classes. Of course, I’d be glad to, I said to the teacher. And then, to myself, “Oh [bleep]. How can I keep their attention?” Also, how could I explain in a respectful – and brief – way that: Hanukkah isn’t the Jewish Christmas; it’s a minor holiday and a fluke of the calendar that they both are usually in … [Read more...]

Oh Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel

Dreidel Template

Congrats to Sandra, winner of night six of our Hanukkah Surprise Pack Giveaway! Included in her goodie bag is a laminated card with how-to-play dreidel instructions, along with two  colorful, super-spinnable dreidels. (Available in Hanukkah in a Box, Hanukkah Games Box, and Hanukkah Helper Box.) Still two more nights to enter the giveaway drawing; just sign up at www.JewishHolidaysInABox.com.   Dreidel pattern as a template The dreidel shape is a classic in Hanukkah decorations – you’ll find it on paper goods, on banners, on wrapping paper.  We make gift cards using dreidel … [Read more...]