To celebrate or not to celebrate, that is the question.
Actually, HOW to celebrate…
In the past, we have had a hanukkiah and dreidels, eaten fried foods and lit the candles each night.
A friend is thinking of celebrating/studying the 7 days of creation, 1 each day and then not sure what on the 8th day.
I believe the origin of Hanukkah itself is *not* pagan and is ok to celebrate. I LOVE to celebrate and there is very little left that does not have pagan origins. I don’t celebrate any Hallmark holidays, birthdays, etc. But I would like to celebrate Hannukah this year!
Here are the facts according to the historical accounts in Maccabees:
- They celebrated for 8 days
- they lit the Menorah on the first day
- There was a military victory
The dreidel is a traditional added later and said to be in remembrance of when the Jews were secretly playing a game with the gambling piece (the dreidel) that taught them Hebrew letters and ways.
The gifts were added even later to make the celebration more like xmas.
The Miracle of the Oil is pretty much known to be legend and myth. Here is what Josephus has to say about the miracle of hanukkah:
The “miracle of Hanukkah” refers not to burning oil but to the gaining against all odds of the freedom to worship and to follow ancestral customs
Here is some more info I found in a search today:
I’m curious as to what you all do? Suggestions? How do you feel about Hannukah? The dreidel, hanukkiah, miracle of the oil, gifts, etc?