There is a Yiddish proverb that says “Man plans and G-d laughs.” This sort of sums up life over the last several months as our family has dealt with some unexpected health challenges and stress. But we are hanging in there and our kids still want to countdown to Hanukkah (and some of you who haven’t given up on me have emailed and do too). So, without further ado, this year’s Made by Mamaleh Hanukkah Countdown Calendar.
I was feeling in a lavender mood, not sure why but maybe it reminded me of my daughter’s cozy lavender knit baby blanket. My son even approved of the color choice. So there you go, Hanukkah Countdown in shades of purple. Once again I used Microsoft Publisher and picked some fun fonts: Love Moment and Ostrich Sans Rounded. I decided to use the letters of the dreidel: Nun, Gimmel, Hey and Shin to decorate this year’s calendar using Tahoma font. The stickers utilize some familiar graphics from Maree Truelove on Etsy that I recolored. This year, I again printed the calendar on my favorite Neenah Solar White cardstock and the stickers on clear inkjet labels. But as I’ve mentioned in the past you could also print the “stickers” on paper and use tape or glue or use whatever stickers you already have.
The “twist” to this year’s calendar is that I’ve designated the Mondays as “Mitzvah Mondays.” A not-so-subtle reminder for my seven year old to think beyond just his own wants (i.e. presents) this holiday season. I asked him for a few ideas of mitzvahs that would be good for kids to do and his suggestions were: donate to a toy drive, give food to someone homeless, and give money to the homeless. Those are all good ideas but there are so many mitzvot that could work depending on the age of your kids. Bible Belt Balabusta has a fabulous mitzvah chart if you need a few more ideas. Or if you are local in Seattle, here are a few local ideas.
Here is this year’s Countdown to Hanukkah Calendar for your printing pleasure!
Hoping to find a few other spare moments to share with you at least one other Hanukkah idea from last year. For now, happy counting.