Holiday Question...

Jamie - posted on 01/30/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi...my name is Jamie, I am new to the group. I have a 6 month old son. I converted 2 years ago and now that I have a son I am starting to think about traditions, etc. that I want to have with my family. My question is, growing up the biggest part of holidays (Christmas, Easter, etc) wasn't the actual holiday it was the feeling around the house, specifically the decorations. I have figured out Hanukkah and how to decorate and make that holiday very festive...but I am struggling with the other ones. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks!

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I'm a convert (9 years now, eekk!) and I miss the decorations.  We decorate for everything, but some of my fave Jewish stuff is:



If you celebrate sukkot - that's a fun one to decorate for - make paper fruit - or take cheapie plastic stuff and put little holes in it and tie it up with ribbon.  paper chains and ribbons look great blowing around in the sukkah. 



there's a really cool craft for a Moses in a basket that I found in a book - uses a walnut shell, some cotton, a pipe cleaner, a bead head, a little clay and some glue.  Or ten commandments tables out of that salt clay you can make yourself.  That being said, I don't decorate for Pesach - my house it absolute chaos between guests and taking the kids for visitation (ex in another state) and all...



Rosh Hashannah is best decorated IMO with teacher supply stuff - apples & books, add bees & honey. 



Purim is fun - costumes & masks, decorate a fancy mask and hang it up, make puppets.  And noisemakers.  Pretty much anything you can glue glitter or sequins on makes a great decoration for this one. 



Although Yom Kippur and Yom Hashoah are not really happy decorating holidays, I've done little candles at night for them.  I've been meaning to try something using one of those little dresser top mirrors, and maybe some subdued flowers in vases.  I'm not sure what yet though.  



Any help?
Tammy

Emily - posted on 02/10/2009

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Hi Jaime;



I'm a convert too and one of the things I try to do for Pesach is to bring in something springy (fresh flowers, some green accessories, I have some special Pesach table cloths and special dishes that I only use at Pesach).  I've also seen people use the egg motif from the Seder plate and decorate eggs to use as decorations (eggs are a very ancient symbol of new life in the Spring that pre-dates both Judaism and Christianity).



Good luck!

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Zissi - posted on 03/19/2009

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part of the celebrating the holidays is doing different activites like what sheri said. also try judica stores they have matza items like place mats etc...  also teacher stores should have decorations for the different holidays

Sheri - posted on 02/21/2009

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I love all the holidays.  There are websites such as Torah Tots & Aish that can help too.



Tu b'Shevat- planting- eating dried fruit.





Purim- baking hamentashen (triangle cookies filled with prune, rasberry, apricot jam etc...Dressing up in costumes, masks, makinng and giving m'shloach manot, which are baskets or containers  filled with wine or grape juice, cookies, chips, etc....Carnivals





Lag B'omer- picnics



Passover- matzoh, seder...I like to melt chocolate and let the kids cover it in chocolate...



There really are a lot of fun things.  Check the web, the library or ask your husband what the traditions were in his family.



Sheri Baker

Melinna - posted on 02/13/2009

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We don't tend to decorate for the holidays, except for Hanukkah. We have seder at our house every year so I figure that's enough -- no decoration needed! It is definitely hard to do different things than the rest of the world, or so it feels, but to me the most important is what you do as a family to celebrate.

Jamie - posted on 02/10/2009

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Hi Emily,



 



Thanks!  That is a great idea...and eggs should be very easy to find with all of the Easter decorations :)



~Jamie

Lori - posted on 02/08/2009

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Jamie -



Except for Chanukah, I've never really decorated for the holidays.  On the other hand, my house is jewishly decorated year-round - I've accumulated a lot of stuff over the years.



You might want to do a web search on "judaica" or "jewish gifts" and check out the various sites.  Also, at certain times of the year, Party City and TJ Maxx have decorative items.  If you have a local synagogue (even if you're not a member), they probably have a gift shop with items that can be purchased.  If you're at all crafty (I'm not), you might get ideas from some of the sites or books of nice things you can make, especially fun when your son gets older.



Good luck!



 

Jamie - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi Andrea, thanks for your reply!  I find it frustrating to try to decorate the house for Rosh Hashana and Passover, etc, because there is nothing in the stores here, like there would be for Christmas and Easter.  Do you do anything special at your house?

Andrea - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi Jamie,

Great question. I just deleted my post. :') To recap, I am in a similar boat and I live in Italy. I ask to be hosted by families for holidays at my synagogue and my 5 year old daughter attends nevatim (religious class). We have a tight knit community so it is easier to ask the basic questions here as many parents themselves while from Jewish families did not grow up Jewish or practice in their families....let's exchange more on conversion. I still have to go through the process. Andrea :'))

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