I wanted to share with you some photos we took of our menorah on the 8th (and final) night of Hanukkah. I've always thought Hanukkah was such a special holiday, and a beautiful one too. The menorah has always held the same beauty for me as a Christmas Tree. I remember lighting the menorah for the first time when I was 14 and seeing everyone's faces lit by candlelight.
If you're curious about Hanukkah, I thought I'd link you up to a few useful spots:
My husband made latkes this year which were delicious and we had celebrations on the first night and the 8th night this year.
By the way, there are 9 candles on a menorah (remember, there are only 8 nights) because the middle one, called the Shumash ('helper') is used to light the other ones. So, you light the middle one first and then use that one to light all the others.
The 8th night was fun. We played a game of dreidle and I promptly lost all my gelt and was out in two rounds.
We all read the story of Hanukkah and each read a paragraph. I think storytelling is an important tradition.
What about you? Have you ever celebrated Hanukkah? Or maybe just lit a few candles to celebrate something? That's sort of what a Christmas Tree and a Menorah do--- you light them up to celebrate good things! In the dark of winter, bringing twinkling lights into your home is a beautiful and meaningful way to warm things up.