Wednesday, December 24, 2008

"Hanukkah, Hanukkah, Festival of Lights - Hey!"

It is now the third day of Hanukkah, and much is a-buzz at our house! Tomorrow night we're having a Hanukkah Party with people from our Torah Study and my Grandparents are coming over this weekend (if the pass allows - snow is abundant in Washington this year!), plus we're doing the usual holiday/winter activities: baking, sledding and holiday decor!

Presents are of course part of the fun, and this year we're doing it a little different. Instead of just receiving gifts from our parents, everyone in the family is having a night to give. On your night, you get to light the menorah and give out the presents you've made/bought for everyone. So far it's been fun! Tonight is my night, so of course I'm exited to see how everyone likes their gifts. I won't tell you what I'm giving yet, as some of those certain people read my blog :) , but I'll definitely post some pictures and talk about it afterwards, probably in a couple of days here.

Although I don't have time to tell you the Hanukkah story about the Maccabees, here are some links for you on Hanukkah and the story behind it.

- Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights
By Mrs. Brown at Growing in Grace Magazine

- Hanukkah Story

- Hanukah

- The Messiah In Hanukkah

One last thought: although the Hanukkah story is not in the Bible, and God never commanded anyone to celebrate it, did you know that not only is the Festival is mentioned in the New Testament, but that Jesus actually celebrated it? Here's the verse:

"Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch." John 10: 22-23

Cool, huh?

Here's a Happy Hanukkah from me to you!


M said...

Nice summary, Serenity. I hope everyone enjoys your gifts.

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

Happy Hanukkah! Thanks for the insight of the Bible verse. You learn something new everyday!

Enjoy your celebration! (My friend introduced me to alot of Jewish food so i know your tummy is full!)

The Road Less Traveled said...

Shalom Miss Serentiy!
Happy Belated Chanukkah! I've enjoyed reading your blog...I'll be popping back in to read more...
May Yah richley bless you and yours
Penny in TN
YahChna (Establishe by Yah)

Savannah Grace said...

hey Serenity,
I just wanted to let you know that I have a new baby brother!
His name is Gabriel Leander Primer.
I also wanted to tell you that I just started my own blog.
You can see pictures of baby Gabe and keep up with all of us there!!
Love In Christ, Anna Primer