It's that time of year again. Time to start thinking of/planning the family activities we will enjoy during the eight nights of Hanukkah.
Here, it is not a time to replace that "other" day we < clearing throat and mumbling in shame > used to celebrate :-/ It is a time of learning a history lesson with a big message of dedication to The Word. Of clinging to our Creator even in the face of great danger. Of never, ever compromising by bowing down or worshipping another. These are the lessons we celebrate when we study and remember Hanukkah.
Over the last few years our observance has slowly (ever so slowly) taken shape as we carefully (ever so carefully) looked into this holiday. We don't celebrate in the traditional way of lighting candles and giving gifts and such, but rather read and talk about the events that happened, as well as do something together on each of the 8 days or nights. Carefully and soberly we have come to celebrate things that are not specifically given in the Word by the Mouth of our Creator. So, we are still learning, always. But, at the present moment this is where we are, thinking up our activities for this year- we love to mix it up! Here is a sampling of some things we have done before:
Donuts in Pajamas- put them to bed and then go back and say, "Just kidding! Get in the car we're going to Krispy Kreme."
Pizza Night- they make their own personal pizza.
Popcorn and a Movie- and don't forget to turn off all the lights so it's like a real theatre.
Baking Treats- our kids love to bake and the messier the better.
Fire Pit- they just love to build a fire and hang out around it.
Game Night- they each choose a game and we play 2 rounds, then top it off with some Apples to Apples.
Craft Night- again with the messy fun.
and their all time favorite...
Scavenger Hunt Night- they figure out clues that lead to a prize. These can have a theme and some clues can be hard. ;-)
We try to come up with some different things to do each year so they'll be surprised. They never know ahead of time which activity is coming. I wonder what we'll think of this year. Pinterest may come in handy.
What about you? Do you celebrate Hanukkah?