Latkes and homemade beef brisket might be the star of Chanukah (in your eyes, at least), but the eight-day celebration is so much more than that. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Chanukah is a time for family and friends to come together and honor their shared history, traditions, and faith. Although there are more important holidays in the Jewish faith, Chanukah is a cause for celebration, especially since it falls so close to Christmas and Kwanzaa. (FYI: Chanukah runs from November 28 to December 6 of this year.)
Before the festivities begin, decorate the halls with these Hanukkah decorations – some traditional, some modern, others a mixture of the two. From puny tea towels to sleek cutlery, these indoor and outdoor decorations from Amazon, Etsy, and other online retailers embrace the traditional colors (blue and white) and symbols (Star of David and Tree of Life) of holidays. Since time spent with loved ones is at the heart of Chanukah, there are also a few decorations that double as games and activities for the whole family, including a countdown banner that lets kids have fun. . And while this list includes all the classics, finish off your holiday exhibit with some of these easy Hanukkah crafts perfect for kids and parents alike.
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Blue LED string lights
Illuminate your space by stringing these lights on your mantel, banister or door. Or if your family celebrates Chrismukkah, wrap them around your Christmas tree for the best of both worlds.
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Menorah Golden Tree Branch
Farewell the old, make way for the new: Designed to resemble the nine-branched tree of life, the gold finish of this menorah will truly shine when the light shines on it perfectly.
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Hanukkah paper lanterns
Brighten up your space by sticking these festive orbs to the ceiling. And while these paper lanterns won’t actually light up, they will emit a warm glow if surrounded by twinkling lights.
Pick up a few bearded gnomes and scatter them around the house as an adorable nod to Scandinavian lore.
Hanukkah Party Pack
If you’re planning a more casual night out, opt for disposable plates, napkins, glasses, and cutlery. This set includes eight complete place settings, all adorned with menorahs, dreidels, and Hanukkah staples.
Embroidered David star table runner
Adopt the Hanukkah colors by placing this embroidered table runner in the center of your dining table. Dress it up in tapered candles, glittering accents and fresh flowers.
Geometric Star of David
Stay true to your modern aesthetic by hanging this metal Star of David on your front door or using it as a decorative piece on your fireplace mantel.
Hanukkah Star Stoneware Salad Plates
Start your holiday feast by serving salad (or, you know, latkes) on these plates, which perfectly blend the Star of David and the Tree of Life in a subtle (but striking) design.
Happy Hanukkah Countdown Banner
While the adults are busy lighting the candles, the little ones can have fun by gluing the cutouts of the candles to a velcro menorah.
Fill this glossy vase with crisp whites, dark blues and cool greens for an easy centerpiece.
Hanukkah tea towels
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Not only will these puny tea towels make a laugh, they’ll also come in handy when cleaning up dinner.
Menorah Inflatable Decoration
Stick this 8ft inflatable to your lawn on the first night of Hanukkah, then light it up (i.e. inflate it with the built-in blower) every eight nights.
Hanukkah Felt Ball Garland
Hang this felt ball garland neatly on your fireplace mantel or string it over blank walls, glass or doors.
Candle Latkes and Lights
When you light this candle, you’ll smell your Bubbe’s specialties – butter latkes and jelly donuts, especially – even if you’re away from home.
Happy Hanukkah Throw Pillow
If garlands or sequins aren’t your thing, stick with your minimalist style with these linen pillowcases, which have a subtle message for all to see.
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