An Artful Hanukkah
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!
If you don't have an heirloom, you can visit a "make-your-own" pottery store and create your own family keepsake. Glaze and decorate a menorah for your children to light or to give to a new couple just starting out. This piece of art will be cherished by all those who use it, to fill their life with light.
Another temporary but fun way to make a menorah is to gather nine apples, and then use a melon baller to scoop out a vertical hole deep and wide enough to anchor and support a taper candle inside. Line up the apples in a row, and you have a beautiful natural menorah centerpiece. Surround it with other seasonal fruits or vegetables and leaves as decoration.
Create your own Hanukkah cards.
- Purchase blank cards and envelopes in your favorite color.
- Cut eight rectangular-shaped pieces of construction or wrapping paper to represent the eight days of Hanukkah. Glue these "candles" randomly on the front of the card.
- Then, cut eight "flames" from white or yellow paper and glue them above the candles.
Make your own party favors.
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The gift of giving at Hanukkah
Teach your children to be openhearted and generous. Ask them to join you at a nursing home or a hospital, and spend the evening sharing time, playing with dreidels and eating potatoes latkes with someone who might otherwise be all alone.
Make the world a brighter place.
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