You could try painting your own menorah and get your children involved in the project.
The Prancing Pig in York Township, a paint-your-own pottery studio, has several items of Judaica available for decorating. The basic bisque pieces come with designs for different holidays and patrons can paint them in any color they like.
“We help with anything they see painted as displays as well as other special requests they may have,” she said.
A new tablescape could be the way to go this year. Connie Chandler, owner of Treehouse Florist in New Freedom, said that tablescapes — centerpieces that expand to decorate the entire table — are popular for all kinds of holidays.
“For people with long dining room tables, there are a lot of tablescapes with candles at different heights,” she said.
Either tapers or votive candles can be placed at different heights down the center of the table or grouped together. A tablescape could include a series of cubes with a small arrangement of flowers or a single flower in each, she said.
A Hanukkah menorah, which has nine candles, could also be fashioned out of individual candles grouped together, all of them set on a Hanukkah-themed table runner or tray.
Make your own
You can paint your own menorah, Hanukkah platter or other holiday pieces at The Prancing Pig, a paint-your-own pottery studio. No appointment is needed.
Where: 2021 Springwood Road, York Township
Contact: 717-244-8000 or www.prancingpigpottery.net
Prices: $8 to $60, depending on the piece
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, except school holidays, when open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Special events: Ladies Night, adults 21 and older, door prizes, complimentary food and drink, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 and Dec. 20; glass ornaments for adults, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21.
You can buy a new menorah or other Judaica at Temple Beth Israel’s Holiday Boutique. The boutique will also include a large number of vendors with gifts for Christmas and Hanukkah.
What: Holiday Boutique with gifts for Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as Judaica
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17
Where: Temple Beth Israel, 2090 Hollywood Drive, York Township
Hanukkah is a celebration of the Maccabees’ victor over the Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C.E. The Jews, led by the Maccabees, defeated the Syrian Greeks, who had outlawed Judaism and desecrated their holy temple.
According to the York Jewish Community Center website, the Hanukkah story is a reminder of “the endurance of the Jewish people.”
Hanukkah also commemorates “the rededication of the destroyed Temple and the miracle of one night’s worth of oil burning in the Temple’s lamp for eight days.” For that reason, Hanukkah is often referred to the Festival of Lights.
This year, Hanukkah will be celebrated Nov. 27 to Dec. 5.