Chanukah, Hanukah, The Holiday of Lights…. Whatever you may call it, it’s right around the corner. On the night of November 27th we light the first candle and the traditional gift giving ceremony takes center stage. I don’t know about your houses, but my kids seem to think that Chanukah is all about gifts. On an idealistic level I would like them to understand the history and meaning and beauty behind the holiday. But let’s be realistic. They want presents. And their expectations get bigger and more ludicrous. My son asked me for a cotton candy machine. (huh?) Where is he gonna keep it? Upstairs in his room on his desk?! I can see my dentist liking this post…
He wants to invite the neighborhood over every afternoon for cotton candy. I nixed that request pretty fast. I suggested Monopoly instead. He just rolled his eyes. I guess I’m not staying current with what the kids nowadays find exciting!
What I have discovered after living for 14 years with children who want presents every Chanukah, is that I can never go wrong with chocolate coins. Kids of all ages love getting that little mesh bag of coins (ok, ok, I admit to sneaking one for myself as well).
Here’s your dose of spiritual mysticism for the day:
What do coins have to do with Chanukah? What’s the basis for the tradition of “Chanukah Gelt”? There are many reasons, but I’m gonna postulate regarding the deep esoteric meaning for this age-old custom. In his record of the Chanukah events, Maimonides writes: “The Greeks laid their hands upon the possessions of Israel.” This doesn’t mean that they actually stole their stuff, it’s refering to the spirit of what they did. They defiled the oil in the Holy Temple. They did not destroy the oil; they defiled it. They did not rob the Jewish people; they attempted to infuse their possessions with Greek ideals, so that they be used for egotistical and ungodly purposes, rather than for holy pursuits. Chanukah gelt celebrates the freedom, and requirement, to channel our wealth toward spiritual ends.
So now that you had your daily dose… let’s get back to chocolate. If your grandchildren live far away, and you wanna go traditional and send coins, (let’s go all the way traditional and call it gelt) you can get those dairy or non dairy chocolate coins from Only Kosher Candy http://www.onlykoshercandy.com/kosher-candy/pc/Chanukah-c25.htm.
In case you needed an incentive we have a Chanukah shipping special from now until November 28th. Free shipping on orders over $75 or $4,95 flat rate shipping on orders less than $75.
Oh…. and the coins are nut free, so you don’t have to worry about the kids taking them to school and sharing with their friends.
Remember it’s only 4 weeks away.
Don’t get your kid the cotton candy machine……. don’t say I didn’t warn you.