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...
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...
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.
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
HanukkahÂ¡ÂÂ¡Â. 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...