Tradition

The REAL Hanukkah still doesn’t start until tomorrow, but here at the Toy Warden’s house we are going to celebrate night 6 of Wheneveryouwannukah tonight. This makeshift Hanukkah is going great, though we did skip a night of candle lighting due to a late nap butting up to a Christmas party we were supposed to go to. Oops. Seriously, it is hard to find time for the ritual eight nights in a row. I mean, it’s great to have a long celebration, but in the real world when you aren’t that religious and the rest of the world is another religion (not to mention it’s not technically Hanukkah yet), it’s very difficult to hit every night right.

This year, I’d hoped to make Lily understand that most people do not blow out their Hanukkah candles every night. In fact, you are supposed to let them burn out. That’s why Hanukkah candles come in packs of 45.

It was not to be. The second my girls see lit candles, they want to blow them out. Considering that this is what happens at birthday parties, I can’t say I blame them for thinking this is what is supposed to happen. The fact that we sing while we’re lighting the candles and we open presents after certainly adds to their feeling that candle blowing MUST happen.

The not-so time-honored tradition of blowing out the candles.

So every single night, we light the candles and then we blow them out. It might be sacrilegious, but it makes the kids really happy. It also solves the fire hazard problem of leaving candles burning for an hour with little kids who desperately want to touch them and are really too young to be trusted to follow fire safety guidelines.

Maybe someday we’ll let our candles burn down properly, but for now, our candle-lighting ritual ends birthday-cake style.

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  1. D.

    That is…ridiculously cute.

  2. I didnt know you werent supposed to blow out the candles… lol… learn something new every day.

    When our family does advent around easter? (catholic) theres usually only 5 candles, though sometimes only 4? not entirely sure… shows how much of a practicing catholic i am lol. We light one new candle per week then the old ones then at the end of the “ceremony” we snuff the candles out….. what happens is we end up with one realllyyyyy short candle…. at the end of 4-5 weeks, then the others are varying lengths. LOL

    Think of it this way, you can get several years worth of “birthhannukahs” out of one set of hannukah candles! lol

    • Yep, you are supposed to let them burn down all the way to symbolize how the oil burned eternally at the temple. Or something. Each candle here has burned for such a short time that they are all almost the same length.

  3. Rachel

    That’s hysterical. I don’t know if you guys sing the “Chanukah oh Chanukah” song, but somehow for my girls the line “The candles are burning low…” really made an impression on them. They like to check back to see that the candles are actually burning low.

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