9 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah

Just because you aren't Jewish doesn't mean you can't celebrate Hanukkah, the festival of lights. Many people now celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, even if they don't practice Judaism. Hanukkah is a great opportunity for you to expose your children to other religions.{relatedarticles} More than just a learning experience, it also provides you with the chance to teach tolerance to your children and emphasize the importance of respecting cultures and religions other than your own. Like most of the winter holidays, your children are likely to be attracted to the notion of receiving a gift every night for eight days. Instead of buying a bunch of gifts which likely won't have any meaning to the kids, invest in candles, dreidels, menorahs and ingredients used to prepare a traditional Hanukkah feast. Brush up on your own history by teaching your children the meaning behind Hanukkah. Teach your family the meaning behind the menorah and make it a practice to light a candle each day. Enjoy playing the dreidel game with the kids.