It's always a joy to see Hanukkah through the eyes of a kid! Playing dreidel, making latkes together, telling the story of Hanukkah. No matter if you're young or young at heart, we have the best gift ideas that will make you feel like a kid again!
Fashion meets function with these sunglasses! Get one for the whole family for the ultimate family photo opp.
Not only does this hat look cool (you can't argue with that), but it is adjustable to fit all ages!
This dinosaur menorah is adROURable, right? Perfect for the person who wants to put the funukkah in Hanukkah.
Give the kid in your life the gift of free books! We love partnering with PJ Library because FREE Jewish themed books for kids 6 months through age 11. Reading together is magic, and PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you. Love it!
You don't have to be a kid to LOL over these cute pops! They were even featured in Food Network Magazine. How cool is that??
Just like having Bubbe right there with you at all times! This wisdom ball gives advice like "feh" and "you call that a question??"
The countdown is ON until the Festival of Lights, which means there will be parties galore, complete with stuffing our faces with latkes, and lots of menorah lighting. Obviously you want to look stylish for the party in your best Hanukkah apparel, but how else can you throw the party of the year?
Here are our tips on how to plan the best Hanukkah party ever.
You want to wow your guests when they walk in! We suggest picking a color theme like blue and silver and then going to town. A chic Hanukkah Table Runner topped with a Dreidel Vase sets the stage perfectly. And serve your guests on cool Dreidel Plates. These Marzipan Pops from Marzipops double as decor and food and are perfect on any table.
And speaking of food, like every Jewish holiday, a big part of Hanukkah the FOOD! Fried foods reign when it comes to Hanukkah recipes, like latkes and sufganiyot. But get creative with other fried treats like Deep Fried Matzo Balls. If you don't feel like making your own latkes (make them ahead of time, freeze, and and reheat in the oven right from the freezer) you can always get latkes delivered. And don't forget the gelt!
Games + Presents
How about an ugly Hanukkah sweater contest? Ugliest one wins? It's a classic! Maybe the winner can get something to add to their ensemble like these Menorah Sunglasses or everyone's favorite Nice Jewish Guy Calendar.
Don't forget the kiddos!
If you're having kids are your party, make sure to have some Kids Hanukkah activities like this Dreidel Book, a Hanukkah version of Karaoke, a station to Make Your Own Hanukkah Candles or Dreidel Silly Putty to keep them occupied. All of these are pretty fun for adults too, come to think of it.
Most of all, have fun! Your excitement and joy is contagious.
"If you don't have anything nice to say, say it in Yiddish!" ~ Yiddish Proverb
Yiddish is arguably the most fun language ever. It's both humorous, dark, and largely insulting. Spoken by Ashkenazi Jews, Yiddish is similar to German, with some Hebrew and other Slavic languages thrown in for kicks. How many ways to call someone an “idiot” does one person need? Apparently a lot! Here are some of the best Yiddish words ever:
- Balaboosta: The ultimate Jewish homemaker – she cooks, she cleans, she fries latkes. She's the best!
- Bubbe: Grandmother. We love our Bubbe!
- Bubbeleh: A term of endearment, darling. Bubbe often calls her Grandkids “bubbelehs”.
- Bupkis: Worthless or nada. As in, “I can't believe you got me bubkis from ModernTribe for Hanukkah”
- Chutzpah: Nerve. As in, “It took a lot of chutzpah for you to take the last bagel!” (Not a compliment.)
- Klutz: A clumsy person.
- Kvell: To beam with pride. As in, “Bubbe was kvelling when I started my own online Judaica store!”
- Kvetch: To complain. As in, “If Mordechai had studied as much as he kvetched about the MCTs, he would have gotten into Med School!”
- Mazel Tov: Literally means “good luck” but it is an expression used to express “congratulations”.
- Mensch: A good person. As in, “What a mensch you are for getting me a present from ModernTribe!”
- Meshugina: Craziness.
- Nosh: To snack. As in, “Oy vey, I can’t stop noshing on bagels!"
- Oy vey: An expression of dismay. As in, “Oy vey, I can't believe you ate the last bagel!”
- Plotz: To collapse. As in, “I just ran all the way to Ess-a-Bagel to pick up bagels before they closed. I am so tired I could plotz!”
- Putz: A vulgar word for a part of the male anatomy, or an idiot. Ironically it means both.
- Schlep: To drag. As in, “I schlepped these bagels all the way home from NYC, the least you could do is toast me one with some schmear!
- Shlemiel: A clumsy person, similar to a klutz. As in, “You shlemiel! You knocked the last bagel onto the floor!:
- Shlimazel: Someone with bad luck. As in the person whose bagel got knocked over! Fun fact: On “Laverne and Shirley”, they sing “shlemiel” and “shlimazel” in the show opening hopscotch chant.
- Shmooze: To make small talk. You would often shmooze at a cocktail party.
- Schmuck: See putz.
- Schmutz: Dirt. As in, “You have a little schmutz on your face.”
- Shtup: To have sex with. I don’t think you need a sample sentence…
- Shvitz: Sweat. As in, "I ran home to see if my ModernTribe package came and now I'm shvitzing!"
- Tchatchke: A knick-knack, or a young floozy. Either way!
- Yenta: A female gossip. As in, “She yaps non-stop about who is shtupping who. What a yenta!
We are all mostly familiar with the Passover 10 Plagues, but in the 21st century, we are plagued with a whole new set of issues.