All Mom-tested, Mom•Logic approved.
When explaining the history of Hanukkah to kids, the conversation can
get a bit, er, violent. There's a lot of attacking, killing, and
sword-fighting. After all, the holiday commemorates the rededication of
the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews' 165 B.C.E. victory over
the Hellenist Syrians. And, boy, was that battle a bloody one! That
backstory is important and necessary, but of course, the story of
Hanukkah isn't all doom and gloom. But here are five happier aspects to
touch upon when schooling kids on Hanukkah.
1. It's a miracle. The Maccabees only had enough oil to light the menorah for one day, but the oil lasted for eight.
2. Gelt: Gold coins with chocolate inside. Yummmm....
3. Three words: Spin the Dreidel!
4. Hanukkah food is so delish. All-you-can-eat latkes!
5. The holiday lasts eight nights, which in most households means eight nights of presents. Score!