Hanukkah, The Jewish Festival of Lights, will be here before we know it. In 2015, Hanukkah falls on December 6th, right after we finish celebrating Thanksgiving. This is very early on our Gregorian solar calendar, but it is the same date on Israel’s lunar calendar! Because it falls an entire month before Christmas, Jewish parents have one month less to shop than their Christian friends! Along with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles will be wondering what to buy the kinderlach this season.
While there are many best selling toys of the season that can be purchased for the children on your list, buying a Jewish themed Hanukkah gift is one that has a more special meaning. Long after the last candle on the chanukiyah has been melted down, the gifts that help children remember who they are.
Here are some gift ideas for Hanukkah for the children on your list.
(Photo credit Hannah Gold)
Schmear is a Game for All Ages
Some of my favorite memories that I have with my three children is playing games with them. We started when they were only two and old enough to understand simple games like matching.
What is Schmear? In Yiddish, it means “a spread of something” like “a schmear of cream cheese on my bagel”. This game has competitors trying to build a bagel. Younger children can team with older family members to play this fun, yet simple game that is similar to “Slamwich”. It is available on Amazon.
Apples to Apples Jewish Edition
Several years ago, the game Apple to Apples hitthe scene and was a smash success. My older daughter and her friends loved to play it, so we bought a set and also became fans.
The game contains Jewish questions that are perfect for children and adults. Even though the box says ages 12 and up, younger children can play on a team and they should be able to answer some of the basic holiday questions. It is a great way to both learn and teach about the Jewish culture, as well as the different holidays.
I have played this with my fourth Hebrew School students (aged 10) and they thought it was so much fun! Teaching and fun…what a great combination! A fun game to play and you it is available on Amazon.
Another popular game to play is Sequence, and shortly after its release a Jewish edition was created. I played the original version with my twins when they were younger, and we always had a great time together.
This game is for children ages 6 and up. The object of the game is to line up five chips in a row or “sequence”. The questions are all Jewish based and this is another fabulous addition to Family Game Night that will teach culture and religion without the kids realizing it!
These three games will make wonderful Hanukkah gifts for all of the kids on your list.