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Chag Hanukkah Sameach

Loosely translated....Happy Hanukkah!

Chag Hanukkah Sameach from easy-child-crafts.comLet us be the first to wish you "Chag Hanukkah Sameach" or loosely translated....Happy Hanukkah!

Here in Israel, we're getting ready to light the first candle on our "chanukiah". We'll be observing this winter holiday for eight days, so you have plenty of time to join us in learning all about this Festival of Lights and how we celebrate this special time of year.

We'll teach you our favorite Hanukkah crafts for kids, share our best Hanukkah recipes, and even give you a Hebrew lesson for some of our favorite holiday symbols.

Please join us as we mark this Hanukkah season. Have a Happy Holiday! Chag Hanukkah Sameach!

If you're interested in reading about the story behind the holiday.....Click here to open a new window!

Now let's get crafting!

Useful Chag Hanukkah Sameach Words

  • Menorah or Chanukiyah (in Hebrew)--the nine-branched candelabra used in celebrating Hanukkah. Candles are lit for each of the eight days of Hanukkah.

  • Dreidel or Sevivon--a special holiday top used for playing an old "gambling" game for kids. Hebrew letters on each side of the dreidel stand for the sentence "Nes gadol haya sham"(outside of Israel) or "Nes gadol haya po" in Israel. In English this means, "A great miracle happen there" (if you live outside of Israel or "A great miracle happend here" (in Israel). Read our rendition of the story of Hanukkah to find out why.

  • Latkes or levivot--special potato pancakes fried in oil are a holiday must. Every family has its own favorite recipe!, click here for ours.

  • Soofganiot--Hebrew for jelly doughnuts. Specially made just for Chanukah....they're fattening, but you have to eat at least one! Make our recipe at home for a "Taste of Israel".

  • Judah Maccabee--the hero of our Hanukkah story. If you haven't already read our version of the "Hanukkah Miracle" now's your last chance before moving on to our craft selection!

    Hanukkah Dreidel Decorations

  • 3-D Dreidel Garlands--decorate your home with these easy driedel garlands. Use our simple instructions and templates.

  • Paper Dreidel Decorations--layered driedels make festive decorations that are simple to construct. Colored paper and glue are all you need. Perfect for preschoolers!

  • Hanging Dreidel--a simple craft to cut and hang

  • Painted Glass Dreidel--not really glass, but a great holiday decoration for window display!

    Hanukkah Menorah Decorations

  • Menorah window decorations--black construction paper and celephane make smart window decorations. See examples from our kibbutz diningroom display.

  • Toilet roll menorah--a great holiday craft for little kids. Nine toilet rolls form the base of this craft!

  • Clay Menorah--use one of our homemade dough recipes and sculpt your own chanukiyah.

  • Hanging Felt Menorah--use as a wall hanging. This craft is super easy to make and will last for years!

    Recommended Reading

    Chag Hanukkah Sameach-A Story of Hanukkah

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