Hanukkah Brings Family Togetherness for a Joyous Celebration

by Emma W.R. on December 5, 2014

Hanukkah is the festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for families to share some togetherness, and have some fun. Hanukkah begins the evening of December 16th this year, with eight days to create wonderful holiday memories!


There are lots of different ways to share the joy of Hanukkah with your family. One of the best ways is through games. First there is the classic Dreidel. You spin the Dreidel to collect the tokens in the pot. The tokens can be any little thing: gelt, pennies, nuts, raisins, etc. Spinning the Dreidel is fun for adults and kids alike.

You can also get creative with the Menorah Ring Toss. Toss wooden or plastic curtain rings onto the 9 arms of a large menorah. Menorah can be real or a dummy menorah made of wooden dowels glued into a block base. You should tape the menorah to the floor for stability. Extra points for “lighting” in correct order!

Another way to share Hanukkah traditions is to cook together. Take the time to make your favorite holiday treats with the kids. It creates memories that will last a lifetime. Crispy potato latkes are a delicious Hanukkah favorite, but they’re also easy to make. As they need to be fried you’ll want to watch the children carefully, but learning how to make this time-honored treat will be a thrill for them.

Don’t forget the Sufganiyot, also known as jelly doughnuts! These delicious pastries are filled with yummy fruit jellies and topped with powdered sugar. Anyone can buy a store bought doughnut, but making this Hanukkah recipe at home makes it really special.

Don’t forget about sending Happy Hanukkah cards! Sharing the spirit of the season with friends and family is one of the best parts of the holiday.

Everyone has their own special Hanukkah traditions, but spending time together as a family is the best tradition of all!

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Myriam December 18, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Larissa, it’s amazing! Trust me I’ve had! One of my favorite desserts ever.


Deborah December 11, 2015 at 2:16 pm

I know this is an old post, but my husband’s side celebrates Hanukkah. I loved this article and will share with him.


Constance December 12, 2014 at 11:45 am

I don’t celebrate Hanukkah,but I do partake in the latke eating! Latkes are delicious.


Jake H December 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

our family celebrates Hannukkah and it’s a tradition for us to make latkes every year together.


Teddy December 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Food and family seem to be the best combination no matter what you are celebrating


Beth December 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

Someone pointed out to me recently that if you are going to send holiday cards to your Jewish friends it would be mindful to send before Hanukkah so their holiday is acknowleged also


Larissa December 8, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I have never heard of Sufganiyot but it sounds like I would like it if its like a jelly donut!


Rebecca December 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Sharing the spirit of the season is the best part of the holidays for sure.


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