We’re not Jewish.
We love celebrating a Christian Hanukkah.
We began celebrating Hanukkah in 2011 when we learned about the Hebrew festivals during ancient studies in history with the Tapestry of Grace curriculum.
The kids loved the Jewish feasts all so much that we celebrate them every year now!
How we celebrate a Christian Hanukkah:
Bible history and Prayer
We read the lessons and prayers from Hebrew for Christians.
The first year, we had a plain silver colored menorah.
We’ve focused our Bible studies about LIGHT this week.
There are so many Bible verses about light. We’ve read Bible lessons and sang songs and prayed about light.
Blessed art thou, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has given to us holidays, customs, and seasons for gladness, for the glory of the Lord Yeshua our Messiah, the light of the world.
We love the Maccabeats! We listen to these guys even when it’s not a Jewish festival time. They’re just awesome.
The kids look forward to potato latkes all year long!
We usually have beef brisket.
But my favorite is beef short ribs!
Potato Latkes Recipe
- 2 beaten eggs
- 3 cups grated, drained potatoes
- 1/2 small onion, grated
- 1 small carrot, grated
- 1 t minced garlic
- 2 T chopped fresh parsley
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 2 T matzah meal
- 1/2 cup oil
Beat the eggs and add the grated potatoes, onion, carrot, parsley, salt, pepper, and meal. Heat half the oil in a frying pan and drop the potato mixture into it by the tablespoon. Fry until browned on both sides. Serve with applesauce or sour cream.
We play games, complete fun printable pages, and of course, play the dreidel!
- Hanukkah Printables from Education.com
- ABCTeach printables
- DLTK Kids Activities
- Fun Party Printables from Catch My Party
- More Party Printables from Peonies and Poppyseeds
- Unit Study from Starts at Eight
- Packs from 3 Dinosaurs
Coloring pages are always a hit!
These cute printable Hanukkah puzzles are fun for preschoolers!
My Jewish friend gave me these amazing workbooks after her kids outgrew them!
The girls like coloring pages, writing prompts, songs, and poems. They really soak up everything I teach them now. I love it!
There are some great Hanukkah decor ideas, cards, recipes, worksheets, and printable games at Education.com.
They’re the perfect age now to do the fun activities and learn about Hanukkah. They’re out of print now.
Check out the fun story and pictures:
The Hebrew Nes Gadol Hayah Sham mean “A miracle happened there.” Those are the letters on the dreidel.
1. Give each person the same amount of candy, nuts, chocolate coins, or pennies.
2. Each player puts one piece in the “pot.”
3. The first player spins the dreidel and does what the dreidel says.
Shin—add 1 to pot
4. After a player gets a Gimel, everyone puts one more piece into the pot.
5. Everyone gets a turn. When you finish playing, you can eat your candy.
That first year, I gave the kids a tiny present each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. It’s always extra special when the week of Hanukkah coincides with Christmas.
Some years, we just save one present for the last night of Hanukkah. (We like to travel and celebrate Christmas too. Presents are never our focus or priority.)
This year, we had themed presents for 8 nights!
I gave the girls nail polish and we had a nails and Doctor Who marathon after dinner (Alex got a fun activity book about Hanukkah). The kids got new pajamas and bath towels another night. One night they got stickers. One night was puzzles. I gave them Star Wars stuff one night. Another night is socks and underwear. Candy was another night. The last night is calendars.
We often check out books from the library to read during the week of Hanukkah. We also have a few in our homeschool library.
Give your kids a fun Hanukkah: