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5 New Hanukkah Traditions to Start this Year

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Spend more time together as a family celebrating with these fun, new Hanukkah traditions, including a personalized Hanukkah book sponsored by Hallmark.

Start a new Hanukkah tradition this year with your family! Try new recipes, new Hanukkah stories, and new Menorahs for a fun, meaningful celebration.

As I have mentioned before, my husband was raised Jewish and while we aren’t raising our children in the Jewish religion, I do like to celebrate the Jewish holidays my husband celebrated as a kid. But since I didn’t grow up with any Hanukkah traditions, and my husband is a little vague on any his family had, it’s been fun to make new Hanukkah traditions with our kids.  Here are a few of our “new” Hanukkah traditions.

Chai Applesauce

Make your own applesauce –  We always have latkes on the first night of Hanukkah. Of course, we also need some applesauce to go along with them.  Gather up a few fall apples and throw them in the slow cooker to make our favorite applesauce recipe. It’s super easy and you can make it well ahead of time.  My kids love using my apple slicer/peeler/corer!


Try a new latke recipe –  I still love my stand by latke recipe, but sometimes it’s fun to switch things up.  My husband loves cheddar bacon latkes, but those aren’t exactly kosher.  You can stir in all kinds of fun add ins or even switch it up and use sweet potatoes.

Kids Menorah

Let the kids have their own Menorah – A few years ago I picked up this silly flashing light Menorah and my kids quickly claimed it as “theirs.” We still use the traditional candle Menorah in the dining room, but the kids put their Menorah in their bedroom window.

Menorah Cookies

Make Hanukkah cookies –  These aren’t exactly “cookies”, but close enough.  This is a really fun and easy activity to let the kids get creative in the kitchen. It’s also a great way to teach them about the different symbols of Hanukkah.  Hanukkah cookies are a fun dessert and a great way to spend some time together as a family.

Hanukkah book

Read a new Hanukkah book –  One of my favorite things to give my kids as gifts are books. And since I have 8 nights to find gifts for, a book is perfect for the first night. This year we ordered Hallmark’s Magical Hanukkah Personalized Book featuring none other than our son, Miles! I was able to create the child on the front to be a boy or girl and choose the hair and eye color so it looks like our little guy.

Hanukkah Story

The story is delightful and they even make applesauce and latkes. One of my favorite parts of the book is the dedication in the front. Our son’s name is weaved throughout the story as well.  Hallmark’s Personalized Books are a great way to commemorate each Hanukkah and get your kids involved in the Hanukkah story.

Even if you don’t celebrate Hanukkah, Hallmark Personalized Books are available for any occasion in a variety of themes including The Little Mermaid, BatmanTM, Princess and Pirate. Make sure to follow #Hallmark on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


So now you’re ready to celebrate with a few new Hanukkah traditions! How about adding a personalized Hallmark book to your collection? Just enter in the widget below for a chance to win.

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