I sent my daughter to school today in a super cute Menorah (a nine-branched candelabrum used for Chanukah) shirt we found at Target. Since she is one of two Jewish children in her class, she will likely be explaining what the menorah is and what Chanukah is to mostly everyone. She doesn't mind though (this happens every year!) She enjoys sharing about our culture and teaching her class how to play dreidel (spinning top game) and eating Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins) with her friends!
For those of you who don't already know, Chanukah is known as the festival of lights, and is an eight-day Jewish Holiday beginning on the 25th day of the month of Kislev, which falls anytime from late November to late December. This year Chanukah 2016 starts on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24.
Chanukah celebrates the re-kindling of the Jewish Temple menorah at the time of the Maccabee rebellion. The festival is observed in Jewish homes by the kindling of lights on each night of the holiday – one on the first night, two on the second, and so on – using a menorah. To make the holiday extra fun, I found these adorable menorahs that you could make or buy, that I will share with you:
Whichever menorah you decide to use, we hope you have a Happy Chanukah! Be sure to check our calendar all month long for lots of fun Chanukah events!!