Despite Hanukkah being one of the few Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Torah, it gets a lot of play—pun intended. For many modern Jewish homes, Hanukkah has become the Jewish Christmas – eight nights of presents from Mom, Dad, Bubby, Zayde and all the aunts and uncles.
Gifts are great! Today’s materialistic world often urges us to buy the coolest gadgets, the trendiest clothes, bigger and better things. Yet, research shows that you cannot buy happiness … or spirituality or meaning.
In an effort to infuse a greater sense of value into the Festival of Lights, why not try this year sans presents (or at least with fewer)? In an article originally published by JNS.org, I offer eight ways to celebrate eight days of Hanukkah that don’t involve gifts.
Here’s the list:
- Make Hanukkah crafts
- Throw a Hanukkah party
- Take a Hanukkiah tour
- Run a dreidel tournament
- Talk about the miracle
- Shop (for someone in need)
- Re-enact the Hanukkah story
- Fry sufganiyot
Try one! Check out “8 ways to celebrate Hanukkah that don’t involve gifts for details>>
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