As much as I like the idea of getting presents on a daily basis, I've never been really good with the whole advent thing. I tend to want my gifts all at once. What a glutton I am. Hey, what can I say, I want to eat the whole cake in one sitting.
Talk about lack of control. DH would absolutely vouch for this oh-so-positive trait in me. :-)
Since that time, I've learned a lot about rationing and not having it all in one sitting. Don't get me wrong, that little girl is still in there wanting it all and NOW! I didn't just want my two front teeth for Christmas.
There is so much more to Hanukkah than the gifts. The holiday is full of tradition and history. Learn more about Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukkah).
If you are new to Hanukkah, hosting a dinner, or wanting to expand your knowledge you might want to reference My Jewish Learning, The Shiksa in the Kitchen, and Hanukkah Celebrations.
After a little reading, you might be more tempted at hosting your first Hanukkah dinner. We've gone out into the big world called the internet and corralled some stunning table decorations and ideas for you.
|Haute Hanukkah Decorating Ideas|
Did you know that a Menorah actually has seven candles (or branches) and a Chanukiah has nine?
|Lighting of the Chanukiah|
|7 Branch Menorah|
If you don't have a Chanukiah or Menorah, you can use tea lights or small votive candles on either side of a more substantial candle as seen below. (Be sure to check out the website for additional ideas on how to create your own version.)
This is another table that is a perfect DIY. White table cloth (sheet or blanket) with a blue runner (scarf or narrow scrap fabric). Then you can take some blue beads or candies along with white beads or candy-coated almonds scattered down the length of the runner and strategically place some small dreidels.
|Hanukkah Party with a little Spice|
A very elegant table to honor all guests is one that incorporates Hanukkah and Christmas. Choose Hanukkah colors in Christmas ornaments or decor.
|Hanukkah and Christmas Blended Table|
We've seen nature brought to the table in other posts but the use of a simple pine cone to offer a greeting or used to let guests know where to sit works quite elegantly with the rest of the table. A light coat of silver or pastel silvery/blue spray painted over the pine cone would add a frost touch.
|Winter Wonderland Hanukkah Table|
This table setting not only transcends Hanukkah, Winter, and Christmas but would make a festive setting for New Year's Eve.
|A Table of Peace for Hanukkah and the Holidays|
Aren't you loving these table ideas? It truly is amazing how creative people are and their willingness to share.
This next table crosses the borders with the classic use of silver. Blending blue, white, and silver together makes one of the boldest statements without having to scream.
This table setting was originally published as a New Year's Eve table and yet it spoke to me for Hanukkah.
|Classic Blue, White, and Silver Hanukkah Table Setting|
I couldn't actually find the original location of this table but Porter House Designs references Rol.vn.
Here is another DIY Hanukkah table. Keep the table bare or use brown craft paper as the "table cloth" and run an extra-wide strip of aluminum foil down the center as the "runner". Then add an unadorned fruit or vegetable can along with friendly daisies as the centerpiece. The part that stands out the most to me is the use of a shiny pipe cleaner or wire shaped for the "napkin ring".
This may not be the most sophisticated table but certainly everyone would be light-hearted and comfortable. Who says wine doesn't taste the same from a plastic glass, tall tumbler or a stemmed crystal glass?
|Recycled or Found Hanukkah Table|
With a sweet present waiting for each guest and the Bible sitting in a prominent location, what else is needed?
|A Place of Honor at the Hanukkah Table|
Additional sites for learning about Hanukkah and other Jewish holidays, please visit Chabad, Hebrew 4 Christians or About.com.
Will you be celebrating Hanukkah this year? If so, what traditions do you follow? Can you recommend additional reading?
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