“I can’t wait until Hanukkah!” I overheard one of my sisters say, “Then we get latkes and jelly doughnuts!”
Hanukkah is probably my favorite festival! I love that it falls in the wintertime … that we get to light candles and eat tasty, traditional foods … and most importantly, that it is a time to celebrate the triumph of good over evil! It is known as the festival of light!
This year, Hanukkah begins on December 6th and lasts through the 13th. For many people, one of the most significant aspects of this festival is the legendary miracle of the oil. For our family, that isn’t the focus. There are reasons to believe that the miracle of the oil is a legend without historical credentials. We prefer to focus on the historical record of what actually happened: the miraculous defeat of the pagan, Hellenistic infiltration and the cleansing re-dedication of the Temple. There is also reason to believe that the Messiah was conceived during this time of year, which is an interesting thought in light of the many passages that talk about Him being the light of the world, like this one, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” – John 12:46
Since I have had a lot on my plate recently and haven’t had time to write a new post about Hanukkah, I would like to call your attention to several Hanukkah features that have been on this blog during previous years, including why to celebrate it, inspiring historical accounts, how to make latkes, and great resources for children.
The name says it all! In Eight Reasons To Celebrate Hanukkah, I share my reasons for celebrating it and some of our family fun traditions!
Have you heard of Hannah and her seven sons? This account has always been an incredible inspiration to me. I shared more in detail on Hanukkah Heroines.
In Chag Chanukah Sameach, we shared our recipe for latkes – fried potato pancakes. My mother has been making these since I was young and I haven’t ever tasted any better ones! We love to eat ours with applesauce and sour cream 🙂 Even my father who strongly dislikes sour cream says this is the only way he enjoys it!