Assign a different Jewish value each one day of Hanukkah and plan appropriate activities for your family. The idea of activities is not simply doing for doing’s sake, but doing for the sake of learning. Be sure to reflect and talk afterward!
Inspired by Kwanzaa, a festival celebrated by many Black Americans in which each day of the holiday (from December 26 – January 1) is dedicated to a different core principle, my family and I dedicate each of the eight nights of Hanukkah to a different value exemplified by a biblical Jewish woman.
I aspire to a life of optimism. And perhaps a whole new stereotype for Jewish mothers-in-law in the future. Maybe, as I am dragging my valise to the bus station, I will remember to tell my children how much I appreciate them.