The season of Hanukkah is a time for Jewish families to exchange gifts in honor of the special event that it commemorates. To save memories of that time each year spent with family and friends, make a scrapbook. Here are some tips for how to make a Hanukkah scrapbook.

Scrapbooking is a unique way to pass down memories from one generation to another. It is a step up from the traditional photo album that most people grew up with. The crafting pastime has taken off and stores now carry so many embellishments and decorative pages that anyone can begin the art of scrapbooking right away.

For the Festival of Lights, make sure that you have your camera ready. If you don’t have one, borrow a digital camera from a friend. The best photos for a scrapbook are those candid shots that you take when no one is particularly paying attention to you. Continue reading

Similarities Between Kwanzaa & Hanukkah Celebrations

Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, celebrated by African-Americans and Jewish people respectively, are observed during the Christmas season. The celebrations are separate from activities related to Christmas however. The observances of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah are also one reason that people also give wishes of Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas during the season. Continue reading

How to Celebrate Hanukkah and Start a Family Tradition

Special times spent together can bring a family closer. In December, Christmas is not the only holiday celebrated. On the Jewish calendar, there is the Festival of Lights, or Hanukkah.

Hanukkah remembers the victory of the Jews over 2,000 years ago. When the small conquering force led by Judas Maccabbees returned to the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, the found the lamp unlit. It was their custom for the lamp to continually be supplied with oil so there would always be a lamp in God’s house. Continue reading