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If you're one of the many families who celebrate Hanukkah, you likely look forward to the eight-day-long holiday. After all, what's not to like about being expected to eat deep-fried food for a week? But, Hanukkah is about more than just potato pancakes and jelly donuts; it's really a celebration of a miracle, and it's a great excuse to deck your house out in some holiday décor.
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Whether it's your first Hanukkah or you just want to freshen up your usual celebration, we've found 10 ideas that will really make your festival of lights sparkle.
1. A beautiful menorah
You can't celebrate Hanukkah without a menorah, so why not get one that you really love? Plus, you're supposed to put your menorah in a window, where passersby can see it, so you may as well get one that makes a statement.
For a whimsical choice, you can't go wrong with the Jonathan Adler Elephant menorah. If you prefer something more dramatic, the Trace menorah features a sleek look and stands over 10 inches tall.
2. A box (or 2) of Hanukkah candles
You get what you pay for when it comes to Hanukkah candles, so it's worth spending a bit more for better quality. I've never been disappointed by Crate & Barrel's Hanukkah candles, and I love the ombre blue color scheme. One box will take you through all eight nights, but if you plan to light more than one menorah, you'll need a second box. Pro tip: put a piece of aluminum foil underneath your menorah to catch any wax drips and protect your furniture.
3. Some festive string lights
Hanukkah is all about bringing light to the darkness, so why not bring even more light with a set of Star of David string lights? These battery operated string lights are perfect for putting anywhere that needs a little sparkle.
4. A classic garland
For a traditional look, a felt garland adorning your fireplace mantle is a nice touch. This sweet pom-pom garland is 10 feet long, and it features beautiful, Hanukkah-appropriate colors for just the right amount of flair. Use two or three together for a fuller, magazine-ready look.
5. An inflatable for your yard
If you want to go all out for Hanukkah this year, why not get a giant inflatable for your front yard? Measuring over 6 feet tall and almost 9 feet long, these inflatable Hanukkah candles make a big statement. You'll bring lots of cheer to the neighborhood—as well as plenty of (actual) light.
6. Charming table décor
Eating a delicious meal (that includes plenty of fried foods) is a big part of Hanukkah, which means you may as well set a stunning table. The Jungalow created a line of Hanukkah décor for Target, and it's festive without being kitschy or tacky. Pair the Hanukkah birds table runner with a matching tray for a beautiful tablescape.
7. A box full of kid-friendly décor
If you have kids and you want to be festive, but you just don't have a lot of spare time, let Year Cheer send you everything you need to help decorate and celebrate. Holiday boxes include décor items to deck out your house and table, as well as family activities and a holiday book just for the kids. It's a low-stress way to get the whole family in on the Hanukkah fun.
8. A less messy way to fry
If you're going to celebrate Hanukkah, you need to make fried food at least once (though your rabbi and mother-in-law would prefer you make more). Frying latkes is much easier if you invest in a compact deep fryer, like Breville's Smart Fryer. It's easy to use, turns out delicious fried foods and the oil basket can be run through the dishwasher. Plus, you won't have to spend your holiday scrubbing grease off of your stove.
9. Dreidels and gelt
Don't be intimidated by playing dreidel, it's actually incredible easy, and it's lots of fun. These dreidels come two to a set, and they even have the English translation written above each Hebrew character to make it easy for anyone to play.
As for the gelt, skip the tiny foil bags you usually find at the grocery store checkout counter, and splash out for some really good chocolate. We like the Jacques Torres Gelt Coins, because it includes a mix of dark and milk chocolate that are smooth, flavorful and not waxy.
10. A Star of David
If you celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, like many interfaith families do (including mine), topping the tree with a Star of David can be a nice way to blend traditions. We also put Star of David string lights on our tree, as well as some Hanukkah ornaments, but the thing that stands out the most is our stained glass Star of David tree topper. It's sparkly, beautiful and always a topic of conversation when guests come over.
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