Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Each night, for eight nights, light a branch of a menorah from left to right. The middle and tallest branch of the candelabra houses the shamash (attendant candle) that is used to light the other candles.
While it has become customary to give gifts on Hanukkah, the tradition stems from the influence of Christmas. Usually gift-giving is reserved for younger children. The only traditional gift on the holiday is “gelt” or small amounts of money.
What’s a dreidel?
On Hanukkah, children play with dreidels -- square tops. Each side is marked with one of the four Hebrew letters, Nun, Gimel, Hei and Shin, which stands for "Nes Gadol Hayah Sham," a great miracle happened there.
What’s to eat?
Fried foods are a must for Hanukkah since the story focuses on the small drop of oil that lasted eight nights. Latkes, also known as potato pancakes, are a popular dish served throughout the holiday. Deep-fried doughnuts are also popular among Sephardic, Greek and Persian Jews.
Hanukkah or Chanukah?
The word Hanukkah literally means “dedication” or “induction.” Since Hanukkah is a Hebrew word, there’s not one proper transliteration. In English it takes on these two popular spellings. While either is correct the one beginning with “H” is the more widely used version – most likely because of the confusion of the ch sound when transliterated from Hebrew to English.
The holiday, also known as the Festival of Lights, beginning Wednesday at sundown until the evening of Dec. 5. The eight-day holiday celebrates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, when Jews led by the Maccabees revolted against their Greek-Syrian oppressors.
Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev – which can fall anywhere between Nov. 27 and Dec. 26. This year it falls on the earliest possible date, and the second night of the holiday coincides with Thanksgiving. The next time the secular and religious holidays will overlap will be in at least 70,000 years, according to some estimates.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Holidays are a time for families and communities to come together.
There are so many ways to give back even if you do not have a lot…
1. Make Cards for Children in the Hospital or a Nursing Home.
2. Adopt A Family
3. Donate your time to a food Pantry or Soup Kitchen.
4. Donate your Old Clothes, Shoes, Blankets, and Jackets.
5. Send A Care Package to a Soldier.
Holidays are a time for families and communities to come together, commemorate historic events and usher in the seasons. Holidays are often a time to reconnect with friends and family. Did you know that Americans send over 1.5 billion Christmas cards?The Holidays begin with the arrival of Halloween, because very quickly afterward, we move into the Thanksgiving and then swiftly into the December holidays. The stores are decorated for Christmas before we hit Thanksgiving. So many times, we are quick to judge, and so are others. Take a breath, ignore the nonsense and continue to be nice.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
(Oh My Gingerbread)
Elf Live is Fraboom’s Online Live Event where you and your kids talk to a real live Elf who will help you make a wishlist for Santa, play games, draw and share pictures, and get into the Christmas spirit! All this Christmas fun and it doesn't cost a dime? What?! I know! See, now you’re excited, too, and you understand why we had to jump in early.
The best thing about Elf Live is that it is a fantastic place to be together. We at Fraboom are all about getting parents and kids together. Elf Live in particular is an easy way to get the conversation started to discuss what Christmas means to you, your kids, and how and why you celebrate as a family.
Check out Elf Live at the link below it is fun for all ages!!!
A holiday is a day set aside by custom or by law in which normal activities, especially business or work, are to be suspended or reduced. Generally holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate something of cultural or religious significance. Holidays may be designated by governments, religious institutions, or other groups or organizations. The degree to which normal activities are reduced by a holiday may depend on local laws, customs, or even personal choices.
This year we will be talking about a variety of holiday's, activities, and ways to give back from now through the end of the year.....Please feel free to send us a holiday you celebrate along with any special traditions or customs you would like us to share on our site.