Happy Hanukkah (and a linky party)!

“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.

P1270310-1024x768The name says it all!  In Eight Reasons To Celebrate Hanukkah, I share my reasons for celebrating it and some of our family fun traditions!

hanukkah-heroinesHave 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.

P1270224 copyIn 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!

We are also partnering with several other bloggers for a Feasts of the Lord linky party – please link up any of your blog posts that have to do with Hanukkah.  We would love to see them!
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4 thoughts on “Happy Hanukkah (and a linky party)!

  1. I love Hanukkah! We have lit the candles for many years now.

    I have a favorite song, Rock of Ages, that I sing this time of year.

    What thrills me most is knowing that this is a festival that Jesus, Himself, celebrated.

    In years past I’ve been criticized for singing the song at Christmas parties. I just say that if Jesus celebrated Hanukkah, so should I!

    Have a wonderful, bright season!

  2. I really enjoyed learning a bit more about Hanukkah. I made a menorah out of driftwood with my step-sons this year. We are not Jewish but I like to light the menorah and learn more about other traditions. I grew up, and still live, near Boston, where there is a large Jewish population. It’s important to me that we all learn about one another….that is the way to peace.

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