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Dec 15 2014

Hanukkah Isn’t Christmas! 8 Ways to Celebrate the Authentic Way

By at 10:53 am

Hanukkah Isn't Christmas! 8 Ways To Celebrate The Authentic Way

Around this time of year, I start seeing Christmas lights go up on neighbors’ houses; they’re beautiful, and I appreciate their sparkling beauty. I’d be lying, though, if I didn’t say that I also see things that make me see red, which we can file under the general heading of “Ways To Make Hanukkah More Like Christmas.” From pictures of “Hanukkah bushes” to gingerbread hanukkiyot to “Elf on a Shelf” knockoffs (ahem!), it seems like many people want Hanukkah to be more like Christmas.

Not me.

Why are people trying to turn a Jewish holiday about religious freedom…into Christmas? Christmas is a beautiful holiday, but you know something? It is not my holiday, and that’s OK. Moreover, I don’t want Hanukkah to become some weird knockoff Christmas–nor should it.  Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 27 2013

Need a Menorah Tonight? Make One of These

By at 1:54 pm

With Hanukkah almost here, we’re sure menorahs are on your mind! If you’re in the market for a new menorah and are feeling a bit crafty, we have put together a helpful DIY list of some GREAT menorahs to create! Check it out and enjoy making these with your kids. Happy Hanukkah!

What does some newspaper papier mache and school glue get you? A relatively cheap and easy to make menurkey from Bible Belt Balabusta. Break out the brown paint and let your kids perfect the turkey!

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This Menurkey is made with a batch of salt dough, and it looks crazy real. This “chef” named her Menurkey, Betsey–just an F.Y.I. Read the rest of this entry →

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