Hanukkah celebrates religious freedom, and the fact that the oil found in the temple after battle lasted eight days instead of one–until more oil could be found to light the “eternal light,” a symbol of God. So, we eat foods fried in oil like potato latkes (pancakes) and doughnuts. A big gift is given and for children, besides the big gift, smaller gifts exchanged for 8 nights. In our family, we often had theme nights. On one night we would give our son and daughter new pajamas, and on another night a game to share. My favorite was book night–everyone got a few new books. For several years my daughter collected the American Girl doll historical books, and my son was into Animorphs. But whatever it was, they loved to read (and still do) and so do I. So I always got my husband a new book too and treated myself to one! This year, my son and his girlfriend bought me a book by Christine Bush, and I treated myself to one by Beth Ciotta and another one by Heather Graham. I am also planning to purchase a book by a new Wild Rose Press author, but haven’t decided which one yet!
One of my nieces opening a gift from this year