Happy Hanukkah

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Happy Holidays
If you are overwhelmed by the thought of the upcoming seasons or wish for more meaning to your holiday, Sandra Magsamen, author of Living Artfully, shares creative and artful ways to keep the "happy" in all the holidays and to make the season merry and bright.

In English, there are at least 16 ways to spell Hanukkah, including: Channuka, Channukah, Chanuka, Chanukah, Chanuko, Hannuka, Hanukkah, Hanuka, Hanukkah, Kanukkah, Khannuka, Khannukah, Khanuka, Khanukah, Khanukkah and Xanuka. The literal translation means "dedication," but the word also shares the same root in Hebrew as "educate." Any way you spell it, the meaning is still the same in our hearts. It is a wonderful Festival of Light.

During the eight days of Hanukkah, candles shine to brighten the night, and family and friends gather to add warmth and their own light. The holiday is filled with tradition, delicious foods—including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (doughnuts)—games, presents, songs and the story of Judah Maccabee.

Use Sandra's "artful" ideas to get your family in the Hanukkah spirit!