How to Prep Your Home for Celebrating Hanukkah
Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday, begins Sunday, December 6 at sunset and lasts for eight days. Now is the perfect time to ready your home for this celebration. Then you can enjoy family, tasty food, lighting the menorah and games, songs and stories.
Here’s how to get your house ready:
1. Embellish with Blue and White
You can accent these traditional Hanukkah colors with gold and silver. Also, display varying shades of blue from cobalt to a powdery pastel.
2. Involve the Children
Making your own garlands and ornaments is a good way to include the kids in the preparations.
3. Remember the Gelt
In Yiddish gelt means money, but gold-wrapped chocolate coins create a good kid-friendly substitute. Use them as rewards for winning Dreidel.
4. Showcase the Menorah
Buy fresh candles and place the menorah near a window so it can be seen from the outside. Keep the lit candles away from anything flammable.
5. Try a New Centerpiece
Group a few votive holders together. Put white candles in some and a white flower like a carnation in others. Or fill a clear vase with tiny dreidels and add white hydrangeas.
6. Stage Your Living Area
Make sure you have enough seating for your guests and a clear space for them to move about. You want everyone to be comfortable for storytelling and conversation.
7. Shop for Ready-Made Décor
Check out paper goods or party stores for banners, signs and Stars of David if you’re in a rush.
8. Tried and True
Don’t try a new adventurous recipe now. Rely on what has worked in the past for your potato latkes, brisket and noodle kugel.
9. Set Up a Dessert Station
Cover a small table with a blue and white tablecloth. Use one dessert as a centerpiece and have all the others in different types of containers and plates. Scatter the gold chocolate coins on the tablecloth.
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