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Hanukkah Series: How to Decorate

Greetings Saints! As the holiday season approaches, Jewish communities, around the world prepare to celebrate Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is a cherished holiday that celebrates the recovery of Jerusalem and rededication of the Second Temple, and commemorates the Maccabean victories over the forces of the Seleucid king Antiochus IV Epiphanes (read more about it here).

Previously on the Hanukkah series, I shared several of the festival's traditions. On Hanukkah, you can light the menorah and hanukkiah, eat fried food, spin the dreidel, and celebrate with music. Celebrating Hanukkah over the years also comes with creating seasonal traditions that are true to the holiday, and to you and your family. In this fourth blog post of our series, I will be covering on how to decorate for Hanukkah. Decorating your home for Hanukkah is a wonderful way to embrace the essence of the holiday. I will provide you with creative ideas and tips to make your home shine brightly during this festive season.

Use Colors

The colors most associated with Hanukkah are blue and white, representing God's glory and purity. You may incorporate these colors into your decor with blue tablecloths, white candles, or blue and white decorations. Switch it up how ever way you choose. A great way to set the stage for your Hanukkah decorations is by using a blue and white color scheme. You may also use a different color scheme, such a silver and gold. Silver and gold symbolize the hanukkiah and the Temple menorah.

The Menorah

The centerpiece of Hanukkah decor is the hanukkiah, a nine-branched candelabrum. One candle is lit each night of Hanukkah to commemorate the eight days the temple's menorah miraculously stayed lit with only one day's worth of oil. Place the hanukkiah in a prominent spot, like a window or a central table, and light the candles from right to left, adding one more each night. You can find this candelabrum in various designs and materials, from traditional to contemporary, so choose one that matches your style. You may read more about the various uses of the candelabrum in a blog post on Hanukkah's festival traditions.

Candles and Lights

Add a warm and inviting atmosphere to your home with Hanukkah candles. You can use decorative Hanukkah candles, often called "Hanukkah candles" or "Chanukah candles," in your hanukkiah. They come in various colors, including the traditional blue and white. You can also choose to use colored candles or candles in shades of blue for added flair. Add string lights on various places in your home like tables and fireplace mantles.


Dreidels are a beloved Hanukkah tradition and can make charming decorations. Place them on tables, shelves, or even hang them on a string for a festive garland. Consider painting or decorating dreidels with your own unique designs for a personalized touch.

Garlands, Banners, and Window Decals

Decorative garlands and banners featuring Hanukkah-related imagery and messages can add a festive touch to your home. You can hang them on walls, mantels, or entryways to greet guests. Adorn your windows with Hanukkah-themed window decals or clings. These are an excellent way to share the holiday with neighbors and passersby. You can find a wide variety of designs, from menorahs to dreidels.

Hanukkah Table Setting

Set a beautifully decorated Hanukkah table for festive family dinners. Determine your color scheme and use them for tableware, such as plates, napkins, and tablecloths. You can also use table runners with Hanukkah emblem, like menorahs, hanukkiahs or dreidels, to create a stunning centerpiece.

DIY Hanukkah Crafts

Engage your creative side and make your own Hanukkah decorations. You can craft paper, origami or even paint. These homemade decorations will add a personal touch to your Hanukkah celebration.

Decorating for Hanukkah is a wonderful way to celebrate this joyous holiday and create a warm and inviting atmosphere for your family and guests. Whether you prefer traditional or contemporary decor, there are countless options to choose from. Embrace the Festival of Lights by adorning your home with Hanukkah decorations that reflect the rich traditions and significance of this special holiday. Wishing you a bright and joyful Hanukkah celebration! Shalom.

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