Celebrating Hanukkah as a Family

If you've ever celebrated Hanukkah, you know that this festival of lights is a beautiful way to bring a glow to those short winter days. It's also a fun time to spend with family, continuing traditions and creating new ones as your family grows. Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days when it should have only lasted one. My family spends most of our time celebrating with latkes—fried potato pancakes that celebrate the oil—and songs about the joy of Hanukkah. We also play dreidel, spinning a top and gambling with candy. This year, we're inviting new friends to join us and see what Hanukkah is all about!

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Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas: Dosas may not be a traditional fried Hanukkah treat, but for Sadie's family, they are the perfect treat. That is, until the family gets locked out the house. Will they get back in before the dosas burn?

All-of-a-kind Family Hanukkah: All Gertie wants to do is help make the latkes like her four older sisters but Mama says she is too young. Will Gertie find a way to be a part of the family's holiday?

Way Too Many Latkes: As the rabbi says, there are never too many latkes—just not enough mouths. Will all the families in Chelm be able to eat all of Faigel's latkes?

A Dreidel in Time: Devorah and Benjamin are obsessed with Hanukkah presents. When Bubbe and Zayde bring them a really special dreidel that sends them back in time with a spin, they learn the true meaning of family and Hanukkah. 

How does your family celebrate Hanukkah?

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