Make the Festival of Lights a little more fun
Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday celebrated at the end of the year, is also known as the "festival of lights." Each evening at sundown the Hanukkah menorah — a special nine-branched candelabra — is lit to commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Greeks, who were seeking to wipe out their religion more then 2,000 years ago. The menorah’s eight branches symbolize the eight days that the menorah in the temple burned for after it was destroyed by the Greeks, even though only one vial of oil was found. The ninth candle, the Shamash, is used to light the other eight. With this craft idea from "Every Day’s a Holiday: Year Round Crafting with Kids," by Heidi Kenney, you can create a very special mini menorah that is just the right size for kids. Always have an adult help with lighting the candles.