The wise Harry Styles once said “Polishing my dreidel and searching for oil. Chanukah sameach, everybody.” For the next eight days, this is a full MOOD! With Hanukkah starting this week, I wanted to share some of my favorite traditions and the true meaning behind the holiday everyone associates as the “Jewish Christmas”!
This year Hanukkah starts Thursday, December 10th, and lasts until Friday, December 18th. Hanukkah is celebrated for 8 nights symbolizing the oil that was lit in the menorah to burn for only a single day, but lasting eight. Many families incorporate the simple tradition by lighting the menorah every night and give one gift on each of the eight nights.
In my family, we do things a little differently! We have made it a tradition to gather together (grandparents, cousins, and all) to light the menorah and give all gifts on the first night of Hanukkah! On top of gifts, we incorporate latke competitions, Hanukkah stocking stuffers, pictures (so many pictures), and of course a family dinner where my grandma is constantly asking … If I’ve eaten enough food and if I’m still single (the answer is YES!)
No matter what holiday you celebrate, the holidays are a time to be with family, sit back and enjoy your time together! So let’s break out those ugly Hanukkah sweaters, jam out to the tunes of Adam Sandler's “The Chanukkah Song”, gather around the menorah, and eat some latkes!
Happy Hanukkah & Happy Holidays!
From your Jewish Millennial (intern) Girl