Celebrating The Festival of Lights: It's Hanukkah!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Manzanita Candelabra from West Elm. Love!

I grew up Catholic. Catholic school, church every Sunday, First Communication, Confirmation, all of that. But when I met my husband, I knew I wanted our kids to experience his family's traditions, too. His family is part of the Reform sect of Judaism, but his generation is non-practicing. They said a few prayers here & there, but being the youngest of six, my husband missed out on the memories of those traditions to a large extent.

Now that we're pregnant and it's Hanukkah, I've been thinking a lot about how to learn and teach our kids about Judaism. I can learn a few short prayers, put up some decorations and make latkes, but how will I be able to convey the true meaning of the holiday? Time will tell. Please let me know if you have any resources that would help me learn more about Reform Judaism!

For now, I'll just make some of the traditional foods and find some fun crafts and decor to get in the spirit! Check out my Hanukkah Pinterest Board for more ideas. :)

 Classic Latkes by Martha Stewart. I haven't tried this recipe, but they look nice and crispy. Do you have a good crispy recipe that you like? Please share it with me!!
Sufganiyot recipe from Martha Stewart. Jelly filled goodness! Again, let me know if you have a better recipe!
 Fun Hanukkah book for early learners. I got this for my niece last year! She loves it. :)
Hostess Gift Idea: Olive Oil!

Do you have any ideas for celebrating Hanukkah with kids? Do you have a blended family that celebrates both Hanukkah & Christmas? Any suggestions on resources for me to look into that would help me learn more about Reform Judaism and how to teach traditions to kids?

xo kristen genevieve


  1. Unfortunately I don't know anything about Judaism, but I love how you're trying to learn and teach your child about it! Oh, and I'm drooling over those jelly filled donut things…I definitely need to try them! :)

    1. I haven't made them myself either but they look sooo good!! :)


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