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What Are Your Hanukkah Traditions?

Since tonight is the first night of Hanukkah, I thought it would be fun to share what traditions your families have on this special holiday. Every year, my dad makes a huge feast including the best potato latkes I've ever tasted. We get together and light the menorah that he made in his high school ceramics class (cute, huh?) and my mom leads the prayer. We keep things pretty traditional but since we celebrate Christmas as well, we don't exchange gifts.

So tell me, what are your family traditions and childhood memories of Hanukkah? And if you aren't Jewish, have you ever been to a friend's Hanukkah celebration?

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thisbulimicwar thisbulimicwar 9 years
when i was younger my parents would set out all my and my brothers presents for all 8 nights and we were to only choose one each night. they were kinda teasing us bc we would b able to c the sizes but could only choose one. now that im older and away at school we tend to recelebrate the last night so i can share it with my family, my mom makes latkas and we light the menorah even if it ended a week earlier. this year my bf of 3 years and i r finally celebrating my holiday together. hes visiting me and wer gonna play dreidel with gelt and then when i come home instead of only giving christmas gifts wer setting aside one gift each for chanukkah
nancita nancita 9 years
I'm actually sad that I've never gotten to sit in on a Jewish friend's Hanukkah celebration.
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
I'm half Jewish and celebrate both Christmas as well so usually just something low key with my mom that most likely includes eating latkes. And I only get one gift, not 8....
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
We haven't celebrated Hanukkah since I was a kid. We are SUPER-lapsed Jews. But I'm actually going to a Hanukkah party this year, at my friend's parent's house.
Beaner Beaner 9 years
My parents were alwys way into Hanukkah when I was a kid, so I wouldn't feel jealous of the kids celebrating Christmas. So they really went all out. I got a present every night, the biggest present always on the first night, and my grandparents were always there to light the candles. I loved Hanukkah as a kid, and will continue the tradition with my kids someday.
summergirl10 summergirl10 9 years
I always light the candles and go to temple. Then afterwards we exchange gifts.
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