How to Celebrate Chanukah: 8 Days of Joyous Gift Giving
Chanukah is one of my most favorite holidays of the year. Why? It is a happy ending story of heroism and cooperation. Also (and I swear this is secondary), it lasts for over a week and includes the traditional eight days of gift-giving.
As I am a lover of gifts and surprises, the fun of Chanukah suits me well. For others who didn’t grow up celebrating the holiday, there can be a quandry for them on what is an appropriate gift to give for Chanukah.
Every year, I get asked in person or by email what someone should get for their Jewish friend or their friend’s kids – or both! Here are some suggestions, based on my childhood traditions and what I appreciate as a Jewish adult.
Seems that for about every occasion of Jewish gift-giving, books come in as the number one choice. For children, there are a number of Chanukah books that can be selected by age-appropriateness or family situation.
Some books that I have given my grandkids are:
- My First Chanukah, by Tomie de Paola
- How do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah, by Jane Yolen
- My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story, by Danielle Novack and Phyllis Harris.
Last year for Chanukah (and Christmas), I gave friends and family a Chanukah pop-up book, Chanukah Lights. It is a spectacular book and a work of art, as many pop-up books can be.
The beauty of this book is that it is appropriate for adults and kids alike. Children are fascinated by each scene, which appears magically as the pages are turned. Adults appreciate the artistic renderings and paper engineering.
I suggest that adults read it to young children to reduce the urge that they have to disassemble it page by page – I say from experience! If you are not certain which books the person has read or their specific taste in books, give an Amazon, Kindle or Nook gift card.