I love seeing everybody’s holiday posts this time of year. So many homes beautifully decorated for Christmas. But since I was raised Jewish, we celebrate Hanukkah and have our own traditions that I want to share with you this year.
I’ve never gone overboard decorating for Hanukkah, just a few simple items here and there. Every year, just like you I bring out the family heirlooms, and carefully place them out. Of course there always seems to be some new item that I incorporate into the mix, but we still try to keep is simple and modest as much as possible.
The main item on display, which goes on our dining room table is the Menorah. It’s actually called a chanukiah, but that’s another blog post. I have quite a few that I’ve collected over the years, but I only put out 2, a modern silver one, and my grandmother’s brass antique menorah that has so many memories attached to it.
Fried foods are the most traditional meals during Hanukkah. Usually I make latkes (fried potato pancakes) but this year since I’m trying to loose a few pounds we kept it simple and had some spiralized baked potatoes for the first of the 8 nights.
Also the first night we played the traditional game of dreidl – it’s a simple game, but can go on for hours if you aren’t careful. To keep that from happening, every few minutes we double the ante. Try it. makes it way more fun and competitive.
We did make one after dinner trip to Krispy Creme this year for some jelly donuts, and drove around the neighborhood eating them, and looking at all the beautiful displays of Christmas lights. I never knew why people decorate their homes for Christmas with lights. After all Hanukkah is also called the festival of lights.