I love Hanukkah for so many reasons. Yes, latkes and jelly doughnuts play a role. But the best part is that it lasts for so long. Each night at dinner we light the candles and after dinner the kids get a gift. None of the gifts have a huge wow factor, but they don't need to. When they only get one a day, they enjoy the one they have!
This year, we let the boys light the candles. Next year, in order to earn the priviledge they'll have to say the prayer too. Which probably means I'll need to say the prayer in Hebrew instead of simply leaning on the English. Or not...
I hate how some toys get tossed aside for others in the Christmas morning free-for-all, so it's such a blessing to be able to give things to the kids slowly, and watch the thrill of play shoes or see every action figure get played with.
We made some great finds this year - like Sesame Dounuts sells donut holes for a $1 a dozen at the library. And next year I think we'll try having the boys help with the latkes and teaching Grace to play dreidle. Right now, she'd see the pile of m&m's and think THAT was her gift!