Hanukkah begins sundown on Sunday, December 7th and ends on December 14th. I can’t believe we are already here again. I don’t know about you but this year is going way too quickly! I haven’t even started shopping for gifts let alone decorate my house. Which reminds me, I have to find the menorah. I lost it somehow.
Hanukkah has always been one of my favorite Jewish holidays. It wasn’t always about the presents, either. There is a certain warmth I’ve felt from Hanukkah, something I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s family, friends and food…maybe. But, that seems to be the case with every Jewish holiday.
Hanukkah is different, to me. It’s about sitting on the floor with a dreidel and gelt which turns into whose dreidel spins the longest instead of the actual game. It’s about latkes laden with sour cream and applesauce..well, mine are, at least. It’s about saying the blessing over the candles and then hoping your cats, who is walking precariously close to the flame, doesn’t catch her tail on fire. Yes, it’s happened.
My kids, when they were young, loved doing Hanukkah crafts. We have a bazillion handmade menorahs and dreidels saved from all the years of all five kids going through Sunday School. Not to mention, all the crafts we did at home, right at the kitchen table. So, if I can’t find the fancy menorah, I can always use one of the clay ones my kids made, despite the fact that the candles don’t fit in the openings perfectly!
These days, we don’t do many crafts. The kids are all growing up and barely have time to eat at the kitchen table, let alone to sit down and create. It’s bittersweet. They still love Hanukkah though, as much as I do. They don’t get eight presents anymore, they get one big one. This year, the teens are just wanting money so that does make things a little easier.
I know that someday, way too soon, I’ll have another generation of kids who want to sit around the table and do Hanukkah crafts with me.
In the meantime, I’m going to live vicariously through you. I have here a giant round up of 150 crafts especially for Hanukkah. Have fun!
150 Hanukkah Crafts for Kids
17 Easy Hanukkah crafts What We Do All Day
10 Hanukkah crafts and activities for kids Mom Junction
25 Hanukkah Crafts for kids The Classroom Creative
25 Hanukkah Crafts for the festival of lights Red Ted Art
23 Hanukkah Craft activities for the Whole Family Moms and Crafters
18 Hanukkah Crafts Hative
4 Hanukkah Crafts Creative Jewish Moms
Hanukkah Crafts Creative Bug
15 Kids Hanukkah Crafts Jinxy Kids
8 Hanukkah Crafts (for older kids or adults) Bella Crafts Quarterly