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Hanukkah decorations

Updated on August 21, 2013

Get ready for the Festival of Lights with some beautiful Chanukah decorations.

Chanukah decorations may not be as plentiful as Christmas decorations (in fact, they can be downright invisible in brick-and-morter stores) but we Jews just have to try harder - maybe that's why we're the "chosen people". Please don't flame me, that was a joke.

Anyway, I scoured Amazon.com and have found some of the nicest Chanukah decorations around. So, read along fellow Jewish folks and come see what I've come up with to decorate your house for the Festival of lights.

Also, come read my accompanying article about What it's like to being Jewish during Christmas. Hint, we eat a lot of chinese food on Christmas Eve...

Chanukah presents
Chanukah presents

Let's get it straight...Is it Chanukkah, Chanukah, Hannukah, Hanukkah or what?

No matter how you spell it, Hannukah is the Festival of Lights - at least we all agree on that. But, when it comes down to actually spelling it in English? Forget about it! The picture in this module is the Hebrew word for Channukah - thankfully, there is only one...

Here's a few of the variations on Chanukah:

Chanuka, Chanukah, Chanukkah, Channukah

Hanukah, Hannukah, Hanukkah, Hanuka, Hanukka

Got that? Yep, we just can't seem to agree on how to spell Chanukah at least in English. So, I will be flipping back and forth in this Squidoo lens so that there's something for everyone. Oy, the tsoris...

Hanukkah inflatables

They're not just for Christians anymore...

Although the choices of Hanukkah inflatables is scant (compared to Christmas inflatables), I still think these are pretty cute. I'd definitely be showing Hanukkah Harry the way to my chimney if I had small kids:

A Menorrah Hanukkah InflatableCHECK PRICE

Dalmation Hanukkah InflatableCHECK PRICE

Polar Bear Hanukkah Inflatable Complete with YalmulkeCHECK PRICE

Chanukah (Hanukkah) menorahs

Chanukah lights are kindled in a Chanukah menorah although, with these changing times, i use battery operated candles (my elderly Mom is on oxygen). So, our Hannukah lights are safer.

Menorahs actually can take many forms. Before I had a real Menorah of my own, I used just a ceramic dish and stuck the candles to it. God knew I was there.

The below menorahs are among my favorites. Click any link to see pricing.

Rite-Lite Judaica Antique Silver Finish Menorah

Aluminum Modern Menorah

Premium Silvertone Electric Chanukah Menorah With 9 Flame-Shaped Bulbs #JR-2

Tree of Life Silverplated Menorah Large

My favorite menorah - I love that the Tree of Life is also depicted in this Chanukah menorah. It's a bit pricey but well worth it.

Click on the image to see more specifics about this beautiful Chanukah decoration.

lighting Chanukah candles
lighting Chanukah candles

Chanukah lasts eight days so...

...what with the nine arms on the menorah?

Any self-respecting Jewish menorah holds nine candles. Vhy, you ask (that's not a typo - that a Jewish accent...)? Well, the very first candle we light every night is called the "Shamash" (loosely translated to "helper" or "servant" candle). The Shamash usually sits in the middle of the menorah or perhaps to one side but is always distinguished from all of the other Chanukah candles in some way. It might be taller or in front of the menorah or, as I just said, off to one side.

The menorah is fitted with Chanukah candles from right to left with an extra candle added every night. So, for the first night of Hannukah, the Shamash is lit and then is used to light the 1st candle (which is in the first spot next to the Shamash) signifying the first night of the Festival of Lights. To further confuse you, the candles are lit from left to right. Got that?

This video explains it a whole lot better: How to light the Chanukah candles.

Hanukah decorations (or menorahs) aren't complete without Chanukah candles

Here's some great Chanukah candles. Go meshugenah and buy some Chanukah candles for you and some for a friend.

Rite-Lite Judaica Hand-Dipped Shades of Blue 6.25-Inch Chanukah Candles, Box of 45

Set Of 45 Hand Dipped Mulit-Colored Chanukah Candles #C-31/M

Rite-Lite Judaica Festive Hand Rolled Honeycomb Beeswax Chanukah Candles, Box of 45

Get in the mood with Adam Sandler's Hanukah song

Who can forget the first time Adam Sandler sang "The Hanukah" song on Saturday Night Live? Not me. Click on the picture to buy the song or hear a funny snippet or just read along for some of my favorite lines:

Put on your yalmulka, here comes hanukkah

Its so much fun-akkah to celebrate hanukkah,

Hanukkah is the festival of lights,

Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.

We got ann landers and her sister dear abby,

Harrison fords a quarter jewish--not too shabby!

So drink your gin-and-tonic-ah, and smoke your mara-juanic-ah,

If you really, really wanna-kah, have a happy, happy, happy, happy

Hanukkah¡­¡­. happy hanukka!

Adam Sandler 'does' Hanukkah

Here's one for our team...

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel...

Queue the music:

I have a little dreidel

I made it out of clay

And when it's dry and ready

Then dreidel I shall play!

And, that's all I remember of the Chanukah song "Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel" but I do remember sitting on the floor and spinning the little top as we played the game. Somehow, I always lost but, then again, I was the youngest.

Instill the old tradition of playing Dreidel with your little ones with these adorable Channukah decorations.

Here's a link showing all of the words to "Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel."

Get out your Chanukah gelt!

Hannukah gelt is just the right decoration for any Channukah dinner table. Just sprinkle the gold coins around the centerpieces (or in the centerpieces) and you not only have a beautiful Chanukah decoration, but you also have dessert!

Click on the link to find the most recent pricing on Amazon.com. You won't find it cheaper in stores so that's more gelt in your pocket!

No matter what holiday you celebrate, it's really family and friends that matter the most. Start off your holiday the right way and get generous - leave me comments.

And to all a good night...

Happy Holidays!

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      Komal 2 years ago

      LOL can't wait to see who will end up on Mamma's blog because of it Anna!!! No Joke tuoghh, Mamma spent last years first night of Hanukkah with Rabbi Shmuley and he bored us to tears with his inaccurate tale of the meaning of Hanukkah LOL I mean really, there we were, a bunch of gentiles yearning to play a rough and tumble game of spinning the dreidel and placing bets with our foiled,-coin chocolates like the year before. Actually, the year before, the bets got so extreme that someone put down his iPhone in the mix with coins ..and like the shady and corrupt Italian that I am, I cheated the entire time and actually stole chocolate coins from other players when they weren't looking! Despite all of my corrupt efforts, all the Jews in the room still owned more money ughhh ;-)

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      The inflatables look fun

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      compugraphd 4 years ago

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      Getting ready for Hanuka -- I just got my Mom a new oil Menora (Hanukia), so we're getting ready for Hanuka.... Olive oil rocks (and "Rocks of Ages" -- Maoz Tzur)

      ×× ×©×× y'all!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I have the 'Tree of Life' chanukiah and it is stunning! I'm glad you featured it here and I encourage people to get one while they can. These are made by a famous craftsman in Israel. (It would make a lovely wedding gift!)

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      inspirationz 5 years ago

      you have some really pretty menorahs here - i like the Rite-Lite Judaica Antique Silver Finish Menorah :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is great! I am so happy you added Adam Sandler's tune! That is a hoot. How about adding a YouTube version of it for those who may have missed it?!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Glad to see you getting back to your roots.

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      termit_bronx 5 years ago

      These are beautiful. Nicely done.

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      Love your lens and a great idea