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Theydeserveit >> Holiday Gifts >> Jewish Holiday Gifts >> 8th Day of Chanukah Presents

Eighth Day of Hanukkah Gifts

Eighth day of Hanukkah Gifts and Presents

Hanukkah is celebrated with a series of rituals that are performed consecutively for eight days. Hanukkah is both familial as well as a communal celebration. This festival of lights is celebrated in order to commemorate the miracle of oil and rededication of the Temple. Jewish tradition calls for numerous rituals to be performed, to celebrate these miracles. Therefore on the eight day of Hanukkah, gifts and presents are very special.

Hanukkah is also termed as ‘Feast of Consecration’ and is also known as ‘Chanukah’. On Hanukkah, the Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple after the successful Jewish revolution against the Seleucid dominion. Hanukkah is a minor custom that has its roots in the story of Judith. The festival occurs at the time of winter solstice, as does Christmas, and lasts for eight days.

Hanukkah has taken place equal to the symbol of Jewish identity. On the Eighth day of Hanukkah gifts and presents are exchanged after the eight candles are lighted with prayers. Recalling the story of Hanukkah provides instructions for making and lighting menorahs, rules for playing dreidel and other some other special games of the season, recipes for holiday treats, and ideas for gifts, decorations, and other activities.

Eighth day of Hanukkah gifts and presents involves the custom of giving ‘gelt’ (money). Parents and grandparents gather children and give them coins. It is also the time of giving charity, especially to the blind as they cannot enjoy the lighting. Apart from these one can find various kinds of Hanukkah menorah. They are available in wooden, hand painted, enamel decorated, acrylic resin and crystal menorahs. A big and colorful variety of menorahs are also available.
Games are played on the Eighth day where even the families participate. The adults enjoy playing cards or dreidels while their kids. These spinning tops are inscribed with four Hebrew letters and imply the meaning “the great miracle happened”. Presumably because of the importance with oil, it has become popular to serve fried food. The story of Hanukkah conveys the message of the prophet Zachariah: "Not by might, not by power, but by My spirit." It shows the triumph of spirituality over the materiality.

On Eighth day of Hanukkah, gifts and presents can be selected depending on the interest of the person. These gifts could include jewelry, sterling silver, tableware, and religious items, Shabbat or a Rosh Hashanah. Considering the significance of oil and light, Havdalah candles and lighters can also be presented. To celebrate the eighth day of Hanukkah with simplicity, one can choose greeting cards as their gifts.  Other presents could be Judaic products, kosher products, Jewish books or music, though the best present of them all would simply be best wishes from the heart.

Being the last day of Hanukkah, you can try to make eight day of Hanukkah gifts and presents a memorable one. For instance, a gift of beautiful jewelry for your woman will be great way to make the day memorable for her. Women can also give their significant other a gift of love by cooking a surprise Hanukkah-themed candlelit dinner served with wine and deserts.

Celebrating Hanukkah teaches one the importance of the effort & struggle that went in to attaining the religious freedom; and to pray for those who suffered persecution and martyrdom for their faith in god. People devote their life to help others in order to give them inspiration, meals to those who are hungry and offer a place where people can feel comfortable.

On the eighth day of Hanukkah, gifts and presents bring about a sense of fulfillment, pleasure to both the recipient & the one who gives. These memorable gifts arise excitement for the next Hanukkah season to arrive.