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8 Simple Ideas for 8 Days of Giving with Love over Hanukkah

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is a time when the glow of the menorah illuminates homes and hearts alike. Beyond the traditional lighting of candles and indulging in delicious treats, it’s also a beautiful opportunity to spread love and kindness over the course of the eight days. There are many traditions around the world and different ways to celebrate, but here are some simple ideas that you and your family can share at this special time of year.

8 Simple Ideas to Spread Love on Hanukkah

1. Share Homemade Treats

Part of Hanukkah is the celebration of the oil that lasted 8 days. One way to celebrate this is to eat foods cooked in olive oil. Sharing homemade goodies with friends, family, and neighbor is a great way to embrace this tradition. Whip up batches of traditional Hanukkah delights like sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) or latkes (potato pancakes) and deliver them with a heartfelt note. The warmth of a homemade treat carries the essence of love and care.

2. Volunteer in Your Community

Hanukkah is a time of giving back. Dedicate a few hours of your time to volunteer at local shelters, food banks, or community centers. Your assistance can make a significant difference, spreading the light of compassion to those in need.

3. Acts of Charity

In the spirit of “tzedakah” (charity), consider donating to causes that align with your values. Set aside a portion of your Hanukkah budget to contribute to charitable organizations or create a donation drive among friends and family to support a meaningful cause together.

4. Host a Hanukkah Gathering

Invite loved ones to celebrate Hanukkah together. Arrange a gathering filled with laughter, storytelling, and games like dreidel spinning or a friendly game of Hanukkah trivia. Create lasting memories by sharing stories of gratitude and joy.

5. Handwritten Notes of Appreciation

Take a moment each day of Hanukkah to write heartfelt notes expressing gratitude and appreciation. Send these notes to friends, family members, or colleagues, acknowledging their presence in your life and the light they bring to your world.

6. Acts of Giving Jar

Another simple idea to give back during the holidays is to create an “Acts of Giving” jar filled with small, thoughtful gestures written on slips of paper. Each day, pick a note from the jar and carry out the act listed. These acts can range from complimenting a stranger to helping someone in need, spreading happiness wherever you go.

7. Family Giving Project

Engage the entire family in a giving project. Encourage children to select toys or clothes they no longer use and donate them to a local shelter or charity or ask them to donate one new toy that they receive during this holiday.  This activity teaches the importance of generosity and empathy, embodying the true essence of Hanukkah.

8. Expressing Gratitude

Take time during Hanukkah to reflect on the blessings in your life. Create a gratitude journal and jot down moments of gratitude each day. This practice cultivates a mindset of appreciation and mindfulness, fostering a deeper connection to the holiday’s message.

Gratitude Beyond the Holidays

Hanukkah is more than a commemoration of historical events; it’s a celebration of resilience, hope, and the power of light over darkness. Through these eight simple ideas, infuse your Hanukkah with acts of love and giving, spreading joy and warmth to those around you. Let this Festival of Lights not just illuminate your home but also brighten the lives of others, creating a ripple of positivity and happiness that lasts well beyond these eight special days.

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Tammy Lawrence

Tammy was born and raised on the North Shore of Vancouver and has always believed in supporting the community. She spent years in non-profit work advocating for girls and women in sport and physical activity and then moved on to fundraising for Big Sisters. She currently works from home as a freelance writer while raising her kids. Always passionate about children and youth and giving back to the community, Tammy found a perfect fit with 365give.

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