15 Best Hanukkah Decorations for the Festival of Lights
Could your Hanukkah décor use a refresh? The Festival of Lights kicks off on December 10th this year, and the date is coming up fast. The time to upgrade your collection of decorations is now. Here are a few things we are eyeing for Hanukkah 2020.
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Decorate your home for Hanukkah
Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight-night Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Temple at Jerusalem after a group of Jewish people called the Maccabees took the Temple back from an enemy king who ruled over it for many years. Though there are several stories about how the holiday came to be, one of them centers on the idea that when the Maccabees went to rededicate the Temple they only had enough oil for one night of candle-burning. Miraculously, the candles continued to burn for eight nights (hence, the eight nights of celebration). Today, celebrations continue to center around lights, but families also incorporate gift-giving, family gatherings, traditional foods like sufganiyot, brisket, and cheese blintzes, and (of course) decorations into their Hanukkah traditions. Are you in need of some new decorations for Hanukkah this year? Our list of the 15 best decorations for the Festival of Lights will get you started in your quest to get your home Hanukkah-ready.
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Contemporary Aluminum Menorah
The menorah is perhaps the most recognizable of all Hanukkah symbols, and it is hard to imagine the holiday without one— though “menorah” is commonly used, the official word for the nine-pronged candelabra is “hanukkiah.” Available in clear or multi-colored, this simple and elegant Contemporary Aluminum Menorah will look great on your holiday mantle or sideboard — whether it is the focal point of your Hanukkah decorations or one of many seasonal accents. Don’t forget the candles! And speaking of which, this is why we light candles for Hanukkah.
Happy Hanukkah Pillow Cover
Adding a holiday-themed cover to an accent pillow is a Hanukkah decoration that will make your room festive in seconds. With its uncomplicated design and straightforward message, we’re partial to this 100 percent linen Happy Hanukkah pillow cover from Etsy. The cover will fit your 12×18 pillow and, since the pillow is printed with durable permanent ink, fading is unlikely. This pillow also makes a perfect Hanukkah gift.
Happy Hanukkah Wood Pallet Sign
Into rustic farmhouse-style décor? Then your collection of Hanukkah decorations isn’t complete without a rustic farmhouse-style holiday sign to display on your patio or fireplace mantle.
Holiday Card Display
You could stack all the holiday cards from friends and family in a pile with all your other mail. Or, you could incorporate them into your own Hanukkah decorations by hanging them from this quaint little card display. The display holds up to 30 cards, which you’ll attach with paperclips (not included).
Pastiche Crystal Dreidel
When you think of dreidels, you probably think of kids playing with spinning tops. But not all dreidels are meant for spinning (or playing with). Case in point—this beautiful, pastiche-style crystal version with hand-etched Hebrew lettering. It will look exquisite alongside all the other holiday keepsakes you have on display for the Festival of Lights. By the way, in case you aren’t familiar with the dreidel game and other holiday traditions, here are 18 Hanukkah facts you never knew.
Homesick Hanukkah Candle
Missing your Bubbe’s latkes and warm jelly donuts? Not that this candle can, well, hold a candle to them—but it is at least reminiscent. And, like all of Homesick’s natural soy-based candles, this one offers up to 80 hours of burn time. We suggest placing it on an end table next to your favorite family Hanukkah photo. Speaking of Bubbe, don’t miss these thoughtful gift ideas for grandma.
Glow-in-the-Dark Hanukkah Wall Decals
We’re enamored with these cute, festive, and fun glow-in-the-dark wall decals. The set of 27 includes dreidels, the Star of David, a menorah, and several other traditional Hanukkah symbols. Simply place them on your wall, turn on the lights, let them charge for 30 minutes, and you’re set—the decals will stay charged for up to five hours. Find out how many candles are on a menorah.
Embroidered Cotton/Linen Table Runner
A table runner is a must for your holiday dinner(s). We recommend choosing one that is pretty enough to leave out for all eight days, like this deep blue embroidered linen runner from Pottery Barn. Don’t forget the matching napkins!
Lighted Glass Block
Picture this adorable glass block strategically-placed in your kitchen window or on that floating shelf in your den. The plug-in lights and the festive bow are included, so all you have to do is take it out of the box!
Rope Light Indoor/Outdoor Menorah
A rope light menorah is perfect to display in your picture window or even on your lawn. This version features warm, energy-efficient LED bulbs and a sturdy metal frame (it also comes with a display easel). Don’t forget to measure before you order, though, to be sure it will fit your space—the menorah is 50-inches wide and stands 54-inches tall.
Hanukkah Menorah Train
Kids love Hanukkah decorations and kids love trains, so naturally, they are going to adore a menorah train—especially an irresistibly charming one designed by renowned Israeli artist Yair Emanuel. Made from aluminum and nickel, the menorah is available in three color schemes—blue, red, or multicolor. Hanukkah crafts are also fun for kids.
Personalized Garden Flag
Even though guests are few and far between these days, you can still offer a warm Hanukkah greeting to passers-by (and all those delivery truck drivers) with a personalized garden sign. The sign is customized with your name or a message of your choice. The flag stand, by the way, is sold separately.
Happy Hanukkah Tabletop Canvas
Appropriate for a tabletop or a wall, this distinctive 8×10 canvas will look great with all your other Hanukkah decorations (thanks to it’s understated and versatile color scheme). Read on to find out why the date of Hanukkah changes every year.
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