Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Hanukkah!

Christmas is not the only special holiday in December.  Those of Jewish faith will celebrate Hanukkah for eight nights beginning December 20th and continuing until December 28th.  Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights commemorates the re-dedication of the holy temple in Jerusalem.  This holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah each night, playing the dreidel game, gift giving,  and the making of special foods including latkes (potato pancakes).  Children enjoy learning about other cultures and celebrations.  One way to do this is by reading.  We have several books you may want to check out to share with your family.  One enjoyable book for four to eight year olds is Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah by Linda Glaser.  It's a lively and fun read which introduces children to Hanukkah and also includes a recipe for latkes. Happy Hanukkah!

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