Candle Lighting Safety For A Glorious Hanukkah Holiday

an important part of having a great Hanukkah holiday is safety. But instead of focusing on the "don'ts," just focus on the "dos," to lift the stigma of the strict rules. Kids especially feel this pressure during the holidays, when they hear "don't do this," and "don't do that." We are already aware of the message we are trying to send. But they feel it is pressure being put on the holidays, aiming to ruin their enjoyment. Keep it simple and fun, and always with a smile on your face. The kids won't even know of the rules they are obeying.

During the holy week of Hanukkah, eight candles are lit to symbolize various aspects of this Jewish holiday. The lighting of each candle, which takes place at a certain time of the day for eight days, is accompanied by prayer and reflection. This ceremonial lighting is a re-dedication of the Jewish Temple as it was celebrated after a revolt by the Jews against the monarchy of Seleucid. The story goes that the Jews searched for olive oil to light their menorah just for a day. But the tale goes on to tell that this very small supply of olive oil lit these candles for a surprising total of eight days, and it was truly a celebration indeed.

The menorah holds nine candles, the center one being the one in the candelabra to light the other eight. This special center candle is called the "shamash." Safety is actually built into the lighting of the other candles by using this one, the one in the tallest position.

Perhaps it was thought that since the center candle is the tallest, it would prevent children from successfully reading it. And, in fact, the menorah should be kept out of the reach of small children altogether. Also, as the candles are being lit, one day after the other, it is best to take care that sleeves, scarves, and hats are far away from the open flames of these candles. One can never be too careful, when it comes to fire, even if the flame is as small at the flame of a candle.

Mrs. Party... Gail Leino gives her two cents worth on entertaining at the holidays with a Hanukkah party. Plus, she generously provides information on free Hanukkah party invitations games, activities, handmade party favors,decorations and party supplies. Plus, original Hanukkah music theme and movie song lists to add a special touch to a Hanukkah celebration.

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