Hi Friends! We celebrate both Hannukah and Christmas over here. Although I grew up with Christmas… (my birthday's right around the holiday and my parents named Merry Christmas– Malia means Mary in Hawaiian and my middle name is Noelle)… I have grown to love and appreciate Hannukah too.
Hannukah is all about light… it was a miracle that kept a lamp burning for 8 days and nights– which is why we light the menorah every evening at susnset for eight nights.
But I want our family to consider how we can be the light for other people in our lives.
Supplies: Old picture frame, wire, tiny clothespins, various punches, scrap paper and ribbon, number stickers, stickers, and shipping tags. Decorate the tags with Hannukah in mind. The traditional colors are colbalt blue and silver and symbols include the Star of David, menorahs and dreidels.
Basically, there's a tag for each day of Hannukah and the number corresponds to "some way to bring light" to others on the back. I did it in pencil so it wouldn't show through.
Day 1: Write one letter to someone who has made a difference in your life… and send it.
Day 2: Really listen to two important people if your life– without judging or interrupting
Day 3: Do three nice things… anonymously!
Day 4: Notice the big and small things four people do for you today and thank them
Day 5: Give a compliment to the first five people you see
Day 6: Share six smiles. Look the person in the eye and smile with kindess, encouragement and love.
Day 7: Go through your things and donate seven toys to less fortunate kids.
Day 8: Gather donations from friends and neighbors and deliver eight bags of non-perishables to the food bank.
Just a few ideas! I hope your holidays are full of love and light.