Hanukkah is just over a week away and I have cards to address, presents to wrap, and of course crafting to do! But that doesn’t mean we can’t do an abbreviated countdown this year. And thanks to the length of this year’s countdown, I’ve managed to include a nice little refresher on how to play dreidel should you have forgotten (or your kids are trying to make up the rules!)
If you look around at all of the Advent calendars out there, there are just as many designed for adults as there are for kids. But, in the land of Hanukkah decor, it seems that most of the designers seem to think only little kids celebrate Hanukkah. So last year I decided to make my husband his very own Hanukkah Countdown for each night of Hanukkah.
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.
Despite newborn sleep deprivation and very little crafting happening lately, I couldn’t skip creating a new Hanukkah countdown calendar for this year. And with Hanukkah starting in just two weeks, it’s time to start counting!
I have been missing in action and I do apologize. Things have been insanely busy and that has meant blogging and crafting have had to take a backseat. But with Thanksgiving almost here, it’s time to start thinking about Hanukkah. Some of you have emailed to ask if I’d be doing the yearly printable countdown calendar so of course I had to oblige. Without Thanksgivukkah to spur on this year’s calendar design, I joined the Frozen-craze still going strong in my son’s world and made this year’s calendar a bit frosty, complete with star of David snowflakes.
Ever since Halloween finally came and went last week, my four-year-old has asked me numerous times, “When is it time for Hanukkah?” So, since last year’s printable Hanukkah countdown calendar was such a hit, I decided to make a new version for this year. Since this year Hanukkah overlaps with Thanksgiving, I decided to embrace the fall colors to help your little ones count down the anticipation in the days leading up to Hanukkah (or Thanksgivukkah as so many are calling it). Unlike last year, I couldn’t make chai (18) to Hanukkah work thanks to the calendar configuration but it’s designed for you to start counting down on Sunday, November 10th.
I’m back! Not sure where the time has gone but it’s been way too long since I’ve posted and I do apologize. If you’ve stuck around despite my absence, thank you ever so much! I can’t believe that November is here and that Hanukkah is right around the corner. It starts the evening of November 27th which means it is just over 3 weeks away! So time to start shopping and/or crafting some gifts! Today’s project is one that would be perfect for Hanukkah or really any gift-worthy occasion.
Please excuse the interruption in the regularly scheduled high holiday programming but there was a challenge over at Moxie Fab World that I just needed to enter and it required me to think of Hanukkah while in the midst of Rosh Hashanah prep. OY! So, over in the Moxie Fab World, there was a Holiday Gift Tag Challenge. And yes, even though Rosh Hashanah is a clearly a much bigger holiday than Hanukkah, the challenge was for the winter holidays, namely Christmas but since Hanukkah doesn’t appear to be getting much love, I decided I better throw my hat in the ring. Continue reading
Ack! Where has the time gone? It’s already January 13th and we still haven’t finished our holiday thank yous (and Hanukkah was so early, it’s even worse)! Oh well, I figure as long as they get ’em before Valentine’s Day, we’re in good shape and better late than never, right? I was taught from a young age the importance of writing a nice note of thanks for a gift and I am trying to install the same in my son, Avi, even at age 3 1/2. One thing that I think helps make the process a bit more fun is to make the cards yourselves. If you recall, we had a lot of fun doing the dreidel spin art from our Hanukkah Kiwi Crate back in December. I saved all of those little paintings thinking they’d come in handy for something like thank you notes and sure enough they did.
The process was simple and kid-friendly. Starting with some nice colored A2 notecards from Memory Box (I get all mine at Impress in Seattle), Avi and I used a glue stick to glue down the paintings. After gluing them we put them under a stack of books to help them lay flat. Meanwhile we stamped “thank you” on some scrap white cardstock in turquoise and trimmed it up into cute little squares -I realized just how great my mini guillotine paper cutter is for little hands (with adult help of course!) Then we attached these using my favorite adhesive and finished off the look with some scattered star sequins glued on. And to explain the art like any good artist’s print, I put a little handwritten “Dreidel Spin Art by Avi” under each of the paintings. Absolutely perfect kid thank yous!
As Hanukkah 2012 draws to a close, I want to share one final Hanukkah project with you. As you are probably painfully aware, finding a Christmas T-shirt or pajamas (or anything) for kids is so easy but Hanukkah-wise, you’ll be lucky to find anything. Last year, I lucked out and found a “Dreidel Champion” T-shirt by Carter’s. This year, armed with my trusty Silhouette, I decided to make my own using simple Ts from Old Navy and a variety of vinyl.
First up is my own version of the “Dreidel Champion” for a friend’s son:
Now, love or hate the whole princess thing, we all know it’s popular with preschool girls. So, I decided why not embrace it and give it a new twist by creating a Dreidel Princess! For this shirt I used a combo of plain, glitter and flocked heat transfer vinyl as well as rhinestones of course. Next year I may need an adult version…
I had bought some purple foil star of david ribbon on one of my 1-800-Dreidel shopping trips and couldn’t resist the chance to use it for a matching bow. A little hot glue and a pony tail holder and I was in business.
Finally, for my own mini-mensch, I’d planned to do a collage of numbers since counting is rather popular in our house at the moment but he informed me that he wanted a menorah so a menorah he got. Using gold glitter vinyl and several shades of blue in plain and flocked, I created this “8 Crazy Nights” shirt.
He absolutely loved it (he wore it more than once!). I just can’t resist the chance to show off his Hanukkah (and all around) cuteness. Hope your Hanukkah was as full of sheer joy as mine!
As Hanukkah reminds us of the miracle of light, there are so many positive ways that we can channel our collective feelings of sorrow surrounding the Newtown tragedy. My heart aches for the families and I wanted to share one outlet that speaks to my creative side. One of my favorite crafty blogs, Damask Love has created a very special project to inspire healing through creativity. Check it out if you are looking for a non-traditional way to help.