Whether it’s plain curiosity about Hanukkah traditions or you plan on celebrating it with a Jewish friend, we’ve compiled an amazing guide that will help you glide through this holiday without actually blowing it. After all, it’s rare that we are heavily informed on other religions outside of our own.
Hanukkah is the “festival of lights”, and their focus is on the 8 Chanukah candles that get lit for 8 straight days on this wintertime Jewish tradition. But just because it happens so close to Christmas does not mean it’s the Jewish version of it. So, if you’re planning on doing some Hanukkah gifting this season, then check out these “do’s and don’ts”:
Do get colorful
Hanukkah isn’t red and green like Christmas. Hanukkah’s colors are blue and white, so don’t forget to keep this in mind while shopping.
Don’t stick to what you know
Any ornament or object that portrays Santa’s, reindeer, snowmen, snowflakes and any Christmasy motif should not even go on the ‘maybe’ pile. It’s a big no-no.
Do keep it traditional
When in doubt, wing it out. Except when it comes to Hanukkah traditions. If you’re uncertain, stick to the traditionally appropriate Jewish gifts, like a dreidel, Menorah candles, Jewish cook books, or a book about the history of Judaism.
Don’t get too creative with food
If you’re unsure, ask your friend! And if you feel a big piece of ham is the perfect gift they’re always wanted, then you’re in for a rude awakening. Ham is completely inappropriate, even though not all Jewish people eat Kosher food. You can always buy your friend a gift certificate at the trendiest Kosher restaurant in town, but do make sure they have other options for non-traditionals.
Do ... relax!
After all, you do have your loved one’s best interest at heart. Ask him or her what they suggest you give them. Showing your love will probably warm their heart a lot more than if you would have given them an expensive physical gift. So, ask away!