Once you know the basics, how can you add meaning to your family's celebration of Hanukkah? One way some families make the holiday more significant, especially as their children get older, is by adding a social action component. Make Hanukkah a time when your family gets involved in tzedakah and tikkun olam. Install energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs in your home. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter or visit a residence for the elderly. In honor of your children, make a contribution to your local federation.
Hanukkah on the web--here are some of our favorite links. How would you observe Hanukkah in space? Watch an astronuat celebrate it on the space shuttle. Learn to make your favorite Hanukkah foods with Eli and his Bubby. There's a little history stirred into the mix as well.
Looking for a more hands-on approach? Here are some great Hanukkah craft ideas. The Hanukat website also has a craft section with some unusual activities, as well as recipes and stories. For older kids, here's something completely different: Hanukkah refrigerator poetry.
What's your favorite Hanukkah song--and would you like to learn some new ones? Visit The Leevees' website and hear their quirky alternatives to the dreidel song. But don't forget the old favorites--um, did you say you forgot the melodies? And the words? Never fear, click here to refresh your memory.
Finally, for kids who think it can't be fun unless it's on the computer, try a couple of rounds of virtual dreidel.