8 Modern Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah

With work deadlines, finals, school vacations, and general everyday hulabaloo (yes, it’s a real thing), it’s not hard to believe that the Holiday season may have snuck up on you. All holidays represent special moments in history and faith, and time-honored family traditions; and like most things, there are ways to incorporate the old with the new. Take a look at our list of 8 modern ways to celebrate Hanukkah!

  1. modern menorah cgFind the perfect Menorah: Whether that means a shiny, new, modern one between you and your significant other, or a family heirloom passed down through the generations – make sure to use one (or make one!) that is special to you and those you’re celebrating with.
  2. Get the Kids Involved: From handmade dreidel projects to Star of David popsicle crafts to edible Hanukkah memory games, there are tons of fun ways for the little ones to get involved!
  3. Modern Takes on Classic Dishes: We’ve never been one to turn down a latke or sufganiyot, but trust us when we say these are some of our favorite recipes for the two Hanukkah classics!
    1. Sweet Potato Latkes with Cranberry Horseradish Dipping Sauce
    2. Taro Latkes with Siracha Lime Cream Sauce
    3. Sufganiyot
    4. Jelly Stuffed Challah Doughnuts
    5. Dulce de Leche and Eggnog Filled Donut Holes
  4. Vodka & Latke // Donut Dipping Parties: On that note, why not make entire nights around your favorite Hanukkah food? Have a Hannukah Happy Hour with vodka drinks and latkes apps. Or better yet, set up a donut dipping station for you and your friends…we mean, kids.
  5. Menorah Lightings & Celebrations Around Town: Find what’s happening in your area! If you live in an area where many Jewish people congregate, you can travel the neighborhoods to see luminaries and lit menorahs in the windows. Whether grand or small, it’s beautiful to see how other families are celebrating.sweet potatoe latkes pop sugar
  6. Drinking Dreidel Games for a Hanukkah Hangover (21+!!!): We can’t forget a good game for adults, AKA Drinking Dreidel Games. Drink up and sip on some water in between – let’s keep the spins to the dreidel!
  7. Ugly Hanukkah Sweater Party: Don’t let this only be a Christmas tradition, anyone can get in on the fun. Find or make your ugliest, least flattering sweater, and invite your friends for a Hannukah moviethon with gin & tonnicas.
  8. Start a New Tradition: Does your mom usually do all the cooking? Do the Grandparents light the candles? Whatever it may be, it’s time for some baby steps of change. Allow the little ones to get involved (with assistance) in lighting the Menorah, or do a joint dinner with Ma. Create new traditions and memories together. Maybe this year you’ll do ALL the dishes without complaining! Who knows, bigger miracles have happened…

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