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Winter Wonderlands Exploring Other Holiday Traditions

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cake); beef brisket or roasted chicken as the main course; matzo ball soup; and challah bread. For desserts, take your pick from gold-wrapped coins known as gelt; jelly-filled doughnuts; and rugelach, a sweet, filled pastry. ▶ ▶ Decorations The most famous symbol of Hanukkah is the menorah, which holds eight candles or lights to celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah. Blue and white decorations of all kinds are common, with the colors representing the Zion flag and symbolizing the principles of faith, wisdom and truth.

In our increasingly global society, it’s easier than ever to learn about different cultures and traditions. So why not add a fun and educational twist to your holiday celebrations? We’ve listed several lesser known holidays and traditions to explore this year, as well as foods and decorations to make them fun. Happy Holidays! Hanukkah (Late November into December) Often called the Festival of Lights, this Jewish celebration commemorates a very small amount of oil — enough for

nights. Though some texts and historians differ on the exact story details about Hanukkah — also called Chanukah – the customs surrounding this festival typically include food, lights, special decorative items and gifts. Celebrated in either late November or December (often in tandem with Christmas but not always) the Festival of Lights is a great way to introduce new foods and traditions to your family. ▶ ▶ Foods to Try For a dinner spread of traditional Hanukkah foods, prepare a meal of potato latkes (which are a kind of potato


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