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chilltocam
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Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

We host Christmas at our house and this year we invited friends that are Jewish. They have 2 kids - 14 and 10. Since the holidays fall on the same day this year, is there anything I can do to acknowledge Hanukkah - something traditional or fun?

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Posted 12/17/16 10:46 AM
 
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ANewDayHasCome
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Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Give out chocolate gelt, play dreidel, make a Hanukkah gingerbread house (bed bath and beyond has them), serve latkes with applesauce (and sour cream)

Posted 12/17/16 10:50 AM
 

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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by ANewDayHasCome

Give out chocolate gelt, play dreidel, make a Hanukkah gingerbread house (bed bath and beyond has them), serve latkes with applesauce (and sour cream)



This. Jelly donuts/munchkins too.

Posted 12/17/16 11:24 AM
 

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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

If you are going gifts for others, I would give them a small gift too. As was said, traditionally jelly donuts, chocolate coins, and dreidels are what is done. You could serve some munchkins.

Posted 12/17/16 1:25 PM
 

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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by ANewDayHasCome

Give out chocolate gelt, play dreidel, make a Hanukkah gingerbread house (bed bath and beyond has them), serve latkes with applesauce (and sour cream)



This!

I love that it falls together this year. My sister does Christmas and her husband is Jewish. So they are doing half/half there. I think it's great you are going to acknowledge their holiday too Chat Icon

Posted 12/17/16 1:58 PM
 

chilltocam
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Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Other than althe dreidel, do I need anything else to play dreidel?

Posted 12/17/16 2:00 PM
 

jame0801
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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by chilltocam

Other than althe dreidel, do I need anything else to play dreidel?



Yes you can use pennies or m&m's to use as the objects to put in, take out etc depending on what they spin (kind of like poker lol)

Posted 12/17/16 2:20 PM
 

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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by chilltocam

Other than althe dreidel, do I need anything else to play dreidel?



Coins and instructions so you know what action you take based on what you spin.

Posted 12/17/16 6:14 PM
 

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Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

I would suggest NOT making the Chanukah Gingerbread house. To *me its like making a "chanukah bush".

I mean they will enjoy it, they are kids. But I have never been a fan of making Christmas type traditions into Chanukah traditions, KWIM?

I would suggest you ask the family to bring their menorah and ask them to light it. That's what I am doing at my girlfriends house.

Posted 12/17/16 9:44 PM
 

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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by Paramount

I would suggest NOT making the Chanukah Gingerbread house. To *me its like making a "chanukah bush".

I mean they will enjoy it, they are kids. But I have never been a fan of making Christmas type traditions into Chanukah traditions, KWIM?

I would suggest you ask the family to bring their menorah and ask them to light it. That's what I am doing at my girlfriends house.

I make a hanukkah house with my kids. It is a lot of fun.

Posted 12/17/16 10:52 PM
 

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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by LSP2005

Posted by Paramount

I would suggest NOT making the Chanukah Gingerbread house. To *me its like making a "chanukah bush".

I mean they will enjoy it, they are kids. But I have never been a fan of making Christmas type traditions into Chanukah traditions, KWIM?

I would suggest you ask the family to bring their menorah and ask them to light it. That's what I am doing at my girlfriends house.

I make a hanukkah house with my kids. It is a lot of fun.



We do too. My girls love it!!!

Posted 12/18/16 8:17 AM
 

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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

First, that's really nice you want to incorporate some Hanukkah traditions with your Christmas party.
I don't think you have to go nuts. We had a family Hanukkah party and the kids decorated dreidel cookies. If you're doing Christmas cookies to decorate then add some Hanukkah cookies. You can have Hanukkah gelt and even latkes. I've never played the dreidel game except for at Hebrew school. You can give them out if you want. My kids just like to spin them. Ask your friends if there's any tradition they do or would want to bring or you can pick up. They may not be that religious. They're going to a friend's Christmas party during it so figured anything you do would be appreciated. We get invited to Christmas parties and if we go I wouldn't expect friends to do so much. Plus, there's 7 other nights.

Posted 12/18/16 8:29 AM
 

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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by ANewDayHasCome

Posted by LSP2005

Posted by Paramount

I would suggest NOT making the Chanukah Gingerbread house. To *me its like making a "chanukah bush".

I mean they will enjoy it, they are kids. But I have never been a fan of making Christmas type traditions into Chanukah traditions, KWIM?

I would suggest you ask the family to bring their menorah and ask them to light it. That's what I am doing at my girlfriends house.

I make a hanukkah house with my kids. It is a lot of fun.



We do too. My girls love it!!!



We did too with the boys and they had so much fun. My parents got it for them to do together. We make edible dreidels.

Posted 12/18/16 8:30 AM
 

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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by EricaAlt

Posted by ANewDayHasCome

Posted by LSP2005

Posted by Paramount

I would suggest NOT making the Chanukah Gingerbread house. To *me its like making a "chanukah bush".

I mean they will enjoy it, they are kids. But I have never been a fan of making Christmas type traditions into Chanukah traditions, KWIM?

I would suggest you ask the family to bring their menorah and ask them to light it. That's what I am doing at my girlfriends house.

I make a hanukkah house with my kids. It is a lot of fun.



We do too. My girls love it!!!



We did too with the boys and they had so much fun. My parents got it for them to do together. We make edible dreidels.



I stand corrected.

Posted 12/18/16 11:23 AM
 

hmm
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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by Paramount

I would suggest NOT making the Chanukah Gingerbread house. To *me its like making a "chanukah bush".

I mean they will enjoy it, they are kids. But I have never been a fan of making Christmas type traditions into Chanukah traditions, KWIM?

I would suggest you ask the family to bring their menorah and ask them to light it. That's what I am doing at my girlfriends house.




I agree with the gingerbread house. To me that makes chanukah more x mas

Message edited 12/18/2016 11:29:28 AM.

Posted 12/18/16 11:29 AM
 

hmm
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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by EricaAlt

Posted by ANewDayHasCome

Posted by LSP2005

Posted by Paramount

I would suggest NOT making the Chanukah Gingerbread house. To *me its like making a "chanukah bush".

I mean they will enjoy it, they are kids. But I have never been a fan of making Christmas type traditions into Chanukah traditions, KWIM?

I would suggest you ask the family to bring their menorah and ask them to light it. That's what I am doing at my girlfriends house.

I make a hanukkah house with my kids. It is a lot of fun.



We do too. My girls love it!!!





We did too with the boys and they had so much fun. My parents got it for them to do together. We make edible dreidels.



edible dreidels to me is not the same as a gingerbread house, I would make the dreidels

Posted 12/18/16 11:31 AM
 

jame0801
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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by Chai77

Posted by chilltocam

Other than althe dreidel, do I need anything else to play dreidel?



Coins and instructions so you know what action you take based on what you spin.



Instructions arent needed if your friends are jewish. They will know how to play.

Posted 12/18/16 4:17 PM
 

EricaAlt
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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

First off, see how religious your friends are. I posted the other day, but I don't think you need to go nuts. They have a teenager. Not sure if they'll even want to play the dreidel game or make edible dreidels or a Hanukkah house. Just some Hanukkah shaped cookies. Are you planning on having games in the first place? Just asking bc we went to a friend's Christmas party. The house was decorated beautifully and she was playing Christmas music. Other than that there wasn't anything else. The kids all were playing together in the basement and the adults ate and drank upstairs chatting. If you're doing gifts you can get them something and wrap it in Hanukkah wrapping paper and put out gelt to give out.

Posted 12/19/16 7:26 AM
 

jlm2008
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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by hmm

Posted by Paramount

I would suggest NOT making the Chanukah Gingerbread house. To *me its like making a "chanukah bush".

I mean they will enjoy it, they are kids. But I have never been a fan of making Christmas type traditions into Chanukah traditions, KWIM?

I would suggest you ask the family to bring their menorah and ask them to light it. That's what I am doing at my girlfriends house.




I agree with the gingerbread house. To me that makes chanukah more x mas



Not being snarky, but as a Catholic, I find nothing Christmasy about a Gingerbread House. It has no significance in the Christian faith...it's a house made of cookies that you decorate with candy???? To me it's just a seasonal thing.

Posted 12/19/16 9:38 AM
 

chilltocam
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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by EricaAlt

First off, see how religious your friends are. I posted the other day, but I don't think you need to go nuts. They have a teenager. Not sure if they'll even want to play the dreidel game or make edible dreidels or a Hanukkah house. Just some Hanukkah shaped cookies. Are you planning on having games in the first place? Just asking bc we went to a friend's Christmas party. The house was decorated beautifully and she was playing Christmas music. Other than that there wasn't anything else. The kids all were playing together in the basement and the adults ate and drank upstairs chatting. If you're doing gifts you can get them something and wrap it in Hanukkah wrapping paper and put out gelt to give out.



Thanks - yeah, not really doing crafts or anything like that (all the kids there will be between 10 - 14). Just wanted to acknowledge Hanukkah in some way. I did by a dreidel - thought maybe my nephews could learn about it from our friend's kids. I will get some gelt and serve jelly donuts (never heard of that before). Mostly the kids will just hang out with each other and do whatever.

Posted 12/19/16 9:57 AM
 

scarletbegonia
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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by jlm2008

Posted by hmm

Posted by Paramount

I would suggest NOT making the Chanukah Gingerbread house. To *me its like making a "chanukah bush".

I mean they will enjoy it, they are kids. But I have never been a fan of making Christmas type traditions into Chanukah traditions, KWIM?

I would suggest you ask the family to bring their menorah and ask them to light it. That's what I am doing at my girlfriends house.




I agree with the gingerbread house. To me that makes chanukah more x mas



Not being snarky, but as a Catholic, I find nothing Christmasy about a Gingerbread House. It has no significance in the Christian faith...it's a house made of cookies that you decorate with candy???? To me it's just a seasonal thing.



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It's not like it's a gingerbread Nativity scene Chat Icon

I associate gingerbread houses with the whole "season", not specifically with Christmas itself.

Posted 12/19/16 10:49 AM
 

EricaAlt
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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by chilltocam

Posted by EricaAlt

First off, see how religious your friends are. I posted the other day, but I don't think you need to go nuts. They have a teenager. Not sure if they'll even want to play the dreidel game or make edible dreidels or a Hanukkah house. Just some Hanukkah shaped cookies. Are you planning on having games in the first place? Just asking bc we went to a friend's Christmas party. The house was decorated beautifully and she was playing Christmas music. Other than that there wasn't anything else. The kids all were playing together in the basement and the adults ate and drank upstairs chatting. If you're doing gifts you can get them something and wrap it in Hanukkah wrapping paper and put out gelt to give out.



Thanks - yeah, not really doing crafts or anything like that (all the kids there will be between 10 - 14). Just wanted to acknowledge Hanukkah in some way. I did by a dreidel - thought maybe my nephews could learn about it from our friend's kids. I will get some gelt and serve jelly donuts (never heard of that before). Mostly the kids will just hang out with each other and do whatever.



TBH - we're not fans of jelly donuts so we never buy them or have them. You know what's really good... instead of black and white cookies some bakeries do blue and white. Yum! I think some of the additions are great. The kids may not want to play dreidel games, but nice to have out. Have fun!!

Posted 12/19/16 1:03 PM
 

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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

If you get the jelly donuts (really any fried food will be good bc of the oil), the donuts are called soufganiyot (pronounced "soof-gah-nee-yoht" if you want to impress your friends.) have fun!

Posted 12/19/16 1:16 PM
 

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Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

I agree with Erica. I would just get some Hanukkah Gelt and jelly donuts. 10-14 year olds won't want to spin the dreidel. I'm 36 and never played the dreidel game lol if you are giving gifts I would just wrap it in hanukkah paper. no need for them to bring a menorah to light. they may not light it. mine is electric...but i'm a bad jew ;)

Message edited 12/19/2016 2:02:02 PM.

Posted 12/19/16 2:01 PM
 

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Re: Celebrating Hanukkah with Christmas

Posted by Paramount

I would suggest NOT making the Chanukah Gingerbread house. To *me its like making a "chanukah bush".

I mean they will enjoy it, they are kids. But I have never been a fan of making Christmas type traditions into Chanukah traditions, KWIM?

I would suggest you ask the family to bring their menorah and ask them to light it. That's what I am doing at my girlfriends house.



Completely agree! Love the idea of asking them to bring their menorah to light during the evening!

Posted 12/19/16 2:16 PM
 
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