8 Practically Free Nights of Hanukkah/Channuka/ Hanuka/ Channukah Fun!
I have to use all the spelling variations so people can find this on google no matter how they spell it!
Channukah is coming!
I always try to make Channukah special in my house but its not so easy constantly thinking of new ideas and activities to do. Add a budget to that and…. I’m always wracking my brains for fun, child-friendly things to do that DON’T involve spending money or giving presents. I want Channukah to be a real fun time for my kids (and myself!) which is hard, especially when the kids have school and I have work.
We always light candles and sing songs but that doesn’t take us very long and we have a whole night ahead of us with not that much to do. After the kids are asleep I always want to keep the “magic”and “special feeling” going but again- there are only so many times you can eat plain latkes (even if you switch off applesauce and sour cream!)
I do give my kids some presents on Channukah but I keep them very low-key and we only do that one night. I know some people like to give presents every night but not only can I not afford that I don’t want Channukah to be about the presents. It’s about the triumph of good over evil, about keeping our religion in the face of obstacles, about NOT letting materialism run our lives, about being a light onto the nations.
I created a list here of things to do every night of Channuka. Each night has its own “theme” so-to speak.