With the arrival of winter comes the holiday season and a time of celebration. It’s time for Chanukah … Hanukkah … Hannukah … Let’s just call it the Festival of Lights!
This year marks the rare occasion (it won’t happen again for 70,000 years!) when the first day (second night) of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving, making it Thanksgivukkah! Families all over the country are planning unique ways to celebrate both holidays. Sweet Potato Noodle Kugel, Challah-Apple Stuffing, Pecan Pie Rugelach… the possibilities are endless!
The Quick Guide to Hanukkah
Infographic by Mike Wirth.
As you celebrate Chanukah, there are so many ways to make the customs and traditions your own, personalizing them in a way that is unique to your family and loved ones. Here are 7 of our favorite ideas!
1. Modern Menorahs
It just isn’t Chanukah without the menorah. Jewish artists have created amazing options that are as traditional or modern as you would like them to be.
This butterfly menora by David Gerstein is a fresh, whimsical design available at World of Judaica.
Each candle on this modern pewter menorah has it’s own individual holder, allowing you and your family to rearrange the design. Available from Joy Stember Metal Art Studio.
A Personalized Name Menorah is a wonderful idea to get children excited about lighting candles. This name menorah is available at Jewish Gift Place.
2. Inspirational Artwork created for Chanukah by Deborah Rolnik Raichman
Wow your guests and have a beautiful keepsake with Judaica art.
View more from Deborah Rolnik Raichman on mazelmoments.com.
3. Fun with Dreidels
The traditional wooden dreidel is quickly being replaced by beautiful works of art.
Clockwise: Gary Rosenthal Modern Dreidel from Jewish Gift Place, K4 Glass Art Dreidels from Jewish Gift Place, Yair Emanuel Jerusalem & Western Wall Dreidle from World of Judaica, Sparkling Blue Dreidels from World of Judaica
4. Hannukah Centerpieces
Make things fun and creative by including the kids in Hanukkah craft projects to decorate your home. Glitter dreidel centerpieces (above) can add festive sparkle to your table. Complete instructions on Martha Stewart.
5. Thanksgivukkah Recipes
Photo Credit: Buzzfeed
We had to share an amazing Thanksgivukkah menu created by Buzzfeed:
Manischewitz-Brined Roast Turkey with Gravy
Sweet Potato Bourbon Noodle Kugel
Challah Apple Stuffing
Horseradish Chive Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pastrami and Pickled Red Onion
6. Chanukah Desserts
Chanukah Cookies from William Greenberg Desserts
Hanukkah Chocolate Platter from My Chocolate Sunflower
7. Free Hanukkah Party Printables
Download free Chanuka printables from Catch My Party, including a welcome sign, “Happy Hanukkah’ banners, cupcake toppers, invitations, gift bag circles & tags, mini candy bar & water bottle wrappers, silverware wrappers, menu cards, and a coloring sheet for kids. Get Your Free Printables.
We wish you and your family a Happy Hanukkah! Chag Sameach!
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