Hanukkah Decorating Ideas
Blue, silver, and white are the long time traditional colors this holiday. Accents and accessories play an important role using these three colors.
Miniature lights of blue, silver, and white can be strung along different pieces of furniture or other decor. Gifts are also be wrapped in the traditional blue, silver, and white paper.
You can also think about decorating with miniature lights outside, your deck, porch, shrubs, and trees. As a landscaper, I know there is also a Hanukkah shrub that you can purchase at local nurseries. This is an ideal shrub to decorate during this holiday season.
Family is very important to the Jewish people and this special celebration is a time for family and friends to gather around the table.
A blue tablecloth is a great idea, along with matching napkins.
A menorah can be placed in the middle of the table and be used as a centerpiece. The menorah is scared highlight of this holiday time. The menorah represents the miracle of long ago.
The 165 BC Judah Maccabee and his brothers wanted to celebrate the recovered Jerusalem and the Temple. They ordered this holy temple to be cleaned out and a new alter built.
The problem they had was they knew it would take more than one day to build, and there wasn't enough oil in the lamp.
This is the beauty of the miracle of the lamp. The oil kept burning for eight days while the temple was being refurbished. The menorah is truly a wonderful symbol to pass onto future generations.
In the picture above there is a menorah. The second picture is of a synagogue.
Many synagogues are decorated in tradition of past history events. The eight days of this holiday also have another story.
The oil lamps were lit due to a delayed celebration of the festival of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. Historians have noted both stories of the oil lamp and the origin of the festival of lights.
The dreidel game is usually played after the lighting of the manorah. On each side of the top is a scared symbol.
This game is a wonderful learning tool for children to increase their awareness of the Jewish faith. The meaning behind this game refers back to the miracle of the oil lamp so many years ago.
Gifts are exchanged between traditions of both faiths.
Decorating can be done with the blue, silvers, and while, along with the traditional green and red of Christmas. This opens many options for creating your interior space with reflection on how your family and friends celebrate the two holidays. You can actually do one room in the festival of lights colors, and another room with the Christmas colors.
Feel free to check out other holiday decorating ideas. You can actually have a festive look year around.
Hanukkah is such a special time of the year for family and friends. It is also a wonderful time to decorate with the traditional colors, or add your own spice to the holiday season.
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