Collectively Curated: Celebrate Hanukkah with Friends and Family


boy and a girl celebrate Hanukkah by lighting a menorah

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday that lasts eight nights. It celebrates, by the lighting of candles on each day of the festival, the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean revolt against the Syrian-Greek army. It also commemorates a miracle that occurred during this time. To rededicate the temple, the menorah was lit using oil. There was only enough oil for one night, but miraculously, it stayed lit for eight nights. Families today celebrate Hanukkah by lighting their own menorahs for eight nights. They eat latkes and donuts, as cooking with oil is also a way to remember their ancestors.

This year, Hanukkah begins on December 18 and ends on December 26.

City Mom Collective’s sister sites have a wealth of resources and ideas for learning about and celebrating Hanukkah with your family. Even if you are not part of the Jewish faith, there are many ways you can learn about this holiday and come alongside your Jewish friends as they celebrate.

Hanukkah for Beginners

For those not in the Jewish faith, you might have a basic understanding of Hanukkah, but are unclear on the details of the holiday and the different ways people celebrate. Check out these primers written about the Festival of Lights, and share what you learn with your kids and friends!

Hanukkah: Celebrating a Miracle


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One of the best ways children learn about their and others’ cultural celebrations and holidays is with art. Here are some easy and fun crafts to do with your children to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

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Additional Resources to Celebrate Hanukkah

Looking for more ways to learn about and celebrate Hanukkah this year? Check out these resources from all around the web.

The Ultimate List of Children’s Books About Hanukkah– books and reading are always at the top of the list of ways to learn about anything. Check out this amazing list, broken down by age group and category.

15 Hanukkah Movies to Entertain the Whole Family – This time of year is perfect for family movie nights- why not add some of these films to the mix?

Hanukkah in a Box– This box is FULL of activities for the whole family, including crafts, recipes, a book, and an edible treat. It would make a wonderful gift for a Jewish friend, or something to do with your own family this holiday season.

Whether or not your family celebrates Hanukkah, this holiday is rich in history and tradition. We hope this roundup of resources provides you with ideas on how you and your kids can learn about and celebrate the Festival of Lights.

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Elizabeth Baker
Elizabeth was raised in Houston and met her husband Ryan shortly after graduating from Texas A&M with a journalism degree. A few years later, Grayson {Sept 2010}, turned Elizabeth’s world upside down, not only with his sparkling blue eyes and killer smile, but with his profound disabilities and diagnosis of Mitochondrial Disease. After two years of navigating the world of special needs parenting, Elizabeth and Ryan were blessed with Charlotte {Jan 2013} and Nolan {Sept 2015}, perfectly completing their party of five. Elizabeth and her crew live in Katy, Texas, and when she can steal a few moments for herself, she can be found out for Mexican food and margaritas with girlfriends, binge-listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or trying once again {unsuccessfully} to organize her closet. In addition to her role with City Mom Collective, Elizabeth is the Managing Editor for Houston Moms. You can connect with Elizabeth on Facebook, Instagram or