Hanukkah is called the "Festival of Lights" for the candles that kept glowing for eight nights when they light was so desperately needed-- it was a miracle they lasted that long. So what better way to celebrate this miracle than to try and spread a little light in our own lives? Here's a simple calendar I created with some ideas for mitzvahs (good deeds) for each day of this special holiday.
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.
Mitzvahs for Each Day/Night of Hanukkah
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.
Wishing you a lovely Hannukah!