This year the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah will begin in the evening of Sun., Nov. 28, 2021 and ends in the evening of Mon., Dec. 6, 2021.
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday which celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army in the year. It also celebrates a miracle that happened during this time, where just a day’s supply of oil allowed the menorah in the rededicated Temple in Jerusalem to remain lit for eight days. That has translated into joyful observances of lighting candles on a Menorah, saying prayers, singing songs and eating fried foods.
This year there are a number of public gatherings, though the holiday is generally observed at home. This year, gather with vaccinated friends, family and even your favorite relatives by Zoom to sing along to Hanukkah songs while you eat latkes or potato pancakes and play dreidel (see directions on how to play this game at the bottom of the post).
This holiday is by no means the “Jewish Christmas.” It is a minor holiday but clearly a military holiday and one that actually focuses on resistance to assimilation. The Hanukkah miracle part morphed into eating fried foods and gift giving.
Here are some Hanukkah gift ideas that embrace the 2021 theme of Hannukah at Home:
- For the busy child: you can never go wrong with a tub of lego, a bag full every night and a tub that will get filled on the last night.
- For the crafter: a basket of crafts
- For the student: a basket of school supplies. By this time of the year, all the pencils are worn and the markers are sleepy. Include a stapler, staples, a three hole punch, a cool notebook, a wall calendar, ruler,
- For the armchair traveller: a book of maps, a globe, a wall map, a bulletin board, push pins, personalized stationery, personalized anything, laundry bag,
- For the image conscious child: a beauty kit for the budding teen: nail polish, fancy soap, lotion, rouge, mascara, nail file, emery board
- For the toddler: a teddy bear to snuggle
- For the DIYer: a sewing kit for the budding seamstress: needles, thread, common pins, pin cushion, scissions, tape measure, in a basket
- For the young person who is crafty and wants to embrace winter: a knitting kit for the budding knitter
- For the budding chef: a recipe book collection for the budding cook with tools and instruments, measuring spoons, cups, rolling pin, etc.
- For the budding handy man: a repair kit, screw driver, hammer, pliers, nails, ruler
- For the cyclist: a gift certificate to a local bike shop, a reflective vest, a tire patch kit, pump and bike lights
- For the reader: gift certificate to a local book store or a magazine subscription to kids National Geographic or Sports Illustrated to they’ll think of you year-round
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