Chanukah begins this Saturday evening and though we still have a few gifts left to buy, we are otherwise ready to celebrate the festival of lights. Technically Chanukah isn’t nearly as big of a religious holiday as Christmas is for Christians, but because it falls around the same time of the year, most families who are not on the orthodox end of the spectrum tend to celebrate it as though it is a bigger holiday. I mean, if you’re not doing Santa, you may as well make up for it with something!
Since it’s Eli’s first Chanukah, we have a great opportunity to begin our own traditions, ones that we can use with his future siblings, too. My husband grew up with a specific set of Chanukah traditions, so we have decided to steal some ideas from his childhood/adulthood and merge them with others that we want for our child.
I’m sure our traditions will evolve as our family grows and grows up, but for now, these are the 8 Chanukah traditions we’re starting with our son for his first Chanukah.
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What traditions do you have for your children for the holidays?
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