If you are wondering why a Christian might celebrate Hanukkah, I’m working on a post that answers that very question. Also, can I humbly suggest you might read my two other posts about Hanukkah? In them I go into more detail about Hanukkah and the deep, wonderful meaning behind this beautiful celebration:
Embracing a Christ-centered Hanukkah
I also highly recommend A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays by Robin Sampson.
Below are some fun and meaningful Ideas for Celebrating a Christ-Centered Hanukkah:
Celebrate by lighting the Menorah and reading God’s Word together as a family every night of Hanukkah-
The themes all have to do with LIGHT since this is the Festival of Lights! We also read about God’s miracles and sometimes share the story of the Hanukkah miracle in the temple.
Make A Menorah!
The Menorah is a central part of the Hanukkah celebrations. The Menorah reminds us that Jesus is the Light of the world as well as symbolizes God’s miracles. We use a Menorah which replicates the one found in the original Temple. We light a candle every night of Hanukkah and do bible readings as well. We chose to purchase a Menorah, but I understand not every family can or will. So, I thought I’d share some ideas for DIY Menorahs!
Alphabet Block Menorah
Simple Votive Menorah
Modern Menorah Using Tea Candles
Toddler Friendly Menorahs
Homemade Menorahs (Crafting Jewish Style)
Various Creative/Contemporary Ideas
DIY Upcycled Menorah
Decorate your Home for Hanukkah:
Play Dreidel and give your children chocolate “gelt”:
Something neat about Dreidel is it actually has a pretty cool story you can tell along with it. The story has not been confirmed as solid ‘history’ but ranks up there with worthwhile tales. According to ‘legend’ (so to speak), not only do the words/symbols remind us of the miracle God did in the temple, the game also reminds us of another interesting idea.
Many stories are told of how the Jewish people, at the time of great persecution by the Greeks, would pretend to ‘gamble’ in order to hide the fact that they were actually talking about Torah. They had to be clever and sneaky in order to continue to learn, worship, and share God’s truths. The symbols on the dreidels would have letters, symbols, parts of Torah, etc. on them. This story leads to discussions of how blessed we are to have the ability to openly worship God, read our bibles, pray, and openly meet together. Also, we can use this as a tool to encourage praying for the persecuted Christians in the world and also our Jewish brothers and sisters, as well as the nation of Israel.
Make Hanukkah Gingerbread Houses/Cookies:
I have never thought of this before, but what about a Hanukkah Gingerbread house? We’ll hopefully be doing this this year and I’ll be using THIS RECIPE. Check out these neat ideas: