What is Hanukkah?

What is Hanukkah?

A Quick History of Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the celebration of a miracle. However, many are surprised that it is not a major holiday in the Jewish faith. The three major holidays in the Jewish faith are Rosh Hashanah, Passover, and Yom Kippur. Many believe that the reason Hanukkah has gotten so big is because of its proximity to Christmas. It has become commercialized throughout the years, similar to Christmas. Often, the celebration of Hanukkah is more about getting together with family and friends than it is about gifts. However, many Jewish families see the joy that presents can bring, and it is for that reason that they give gifts. 

Hanukkah is the celebration of an event that happened back around 200 B.C. Israel, a mainly Jewish population, was taken control of by Syrians. The Jewish people were not allowed to practice their faith. A few farmers got together and rose against their oppressors. When they finally freed their temple from the Syrians, they found that they only had enough oil to light the eternal flame in the temple for one day. This fire is the flame that represents God’s everlasting presence. It took eight days for them to be able to make more olive oil for this flame. The oil that should have only lasted for one day ended up lasting all eight days that it took them to make more oil. It is this miracle that signifies the number of days in which Hanukkah is celebrated.

Some traditional aspects of celebrating Hanukkah include lighting the menorah, playing a game with a dreidel, and eating potato pancakes or latkes. The menorah is a candle stand with eight candles, including one helper candle. To light the menorah, you start with the helper candle and then use that helper candle to light each of the other eight candles. You do one new candle each night. After lighting these candles, you say a few prayers in Hebrew. The menorah is supposed to be in a prominent area of the house that is also visible to the outside. People often put it in the window in their main rooms of the house. Hanukkah is about praising God and being together with family and loved ones.

Gift Giving and Hanukkah

Gift-giving is a relatively new tradition. Many believe gift-giving for Hanukkah has to do with its proximity to Christmas. However, for the most part, giving gifts is just about spreading joy. That being said, giving gifts for Hanukkah is smaller, and you should always make sure the family is into the gift-giving aspect before bringing presents. Some families spread the gift-giving across the eight days. Some separate by which family members gave them the gifts. So – grandparents give you gifts one day, your aunts and uncles give you gifts the other days, and your parents the other days. That way, there are presents on all eight days. 

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Personal gifts are a great way to give presents this season. Pick out something personal for the both of you. If it is something you should wrap, check out our blog post on how to wrap presents. We have multiple different ways to make sure that the wrapping is as special as the gift. We have two different types of labels for Hanukkah. These are labels that you can stick on the presents to say who the present is from and who it is for. These labels can tie the present together, especially if you don’t have time to wrap.

Search for gifts in the traditional holiday colors of blue and white. You can get presents of practical use, personal meaning, and any other sort of thing you can think of. Some good gifts are pictures, home-cooked food, chocolate coins, and other whimsical trinkets. You don’t have to go overboard with gift-giving on Hanukkah. You can also gift them experiences. Gifts like classes at the gym, local cooking classes, trip ideas, and more. Just make sure whatever you pick out is personal, because anything you put thought into to get them will put a smile on their face.

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