However you spell it, have a wonderful holiday, sing "The Chanukah Song" (even Adam Sandler's version), enjoy the latkes, the dreidel games, lighting the candles, eating some chocolate "gelt" (or silver coins=money) and opening a gift or two or, if you are real lucky, 8!
"Hanukkah", from the Hebrew word for "dedication" or "consecration", marks the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by the forces of Antiochus IV and commemorates the "miracle of the container of oil". According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil.
*From Wikipedia.com (Love that website!)
One day I would love to plan a Chanukah/holiday wedding! I think it would be so meaningful and fun at the same time to have a twilight ceremony with guests holding candles during the ceremony, and the bride and groom would light a menorah under the chupah (wedding canopy).
Crisp, white flowers, elegant blue and platinum table decor with lots of light and menorahs that guests would also light in a large candle lighting ceremony.
Of course, the "latke" (potato pancake) would be styled up served at an interactive latke station with a variety of flavors; regular, sweet potato, even spicy and served with different gourmet toppings and paired with "He'Brew: The Chosen Beer" and also a vodka based (because it's also made from potatoes) festive cocktail
And, to top off a fabulous meal with a modern take on a traditional Israeli tradition of serving "Sufganiot" (donuts) with a donut station from "The Fry Girl" (thanks Green Orchid Events Blog for this resource) for desert making mini-donuts on the spot with powdered sugar, cinamon, and jelly toppings. Serve with a sparkling wine or desert wine.
Of course, the band would have to play a hora or two because what's a Jewish wedding and Chanukah without some dancing, right?
To send guests off in style, treat them to a little "to-go" bag filled with chocolate "gelt", a dreidel and box of gourmet Chanukah candles for their own menorah.
So, nu? Anyone out there interested in a Chanukah wedding?