Hanukkah Candle Symbolism

Variations on the Hanukkah tradition from Susannah Seton’s Simple Pleasures for the Holidays: Candle Symbolism

The “Festival Lights” usually features white candles, but if you’re not completely traditional, you might consider other colors, depending on what meaning you want to convey:

  • White: spiritual truth and household purification
  • Green: healing, prosperity, and luck
  • Red: physical health and vigor
  • Yellow: charm and confidence

A Hanukkah snack

A Hanukkah snack from Susannah Seton’s Simple Pleasures for the Holidays: Snack Peas

This delightful snack, originally created for Purim, comes from Saul’s Deli in Berkeley, California. Says owner Karen Edelman, “Traditionally, intoxicating beverages are consumed during the meal for Purim and fried peas are the perfect accompaniment to a drink.” However, it also makes a nice munchable as family members open their presents.

  •  Olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked chick peas, drained and towel-dried
  • salt and pepper to taste

Fill cast-iron skillet with 1-inch of olive oil and heat slowly. Do not allow to smoke. When hot enough, carefully drop peas into oil with a slotted spoon (be sure not to splatter yourself.) Allow to cook for 20 seconds or until crispy, and then remove with slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined bowl to drain. When excess oil is absorbed, remove to serving bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 2-4.

Hanukkah and the gift giving season got you stumped?

soap-bubbleTry this idea of Seton’s Simple Pleasures for the Holidays: homemade bubble bath! This is something even tiny kids can make as a present. The trick is to have a pretty container to put it in and to never tell how you made it.

  •  2 cups Ivory (or other unscented) dishwashing liquid
  • 1/8 ounce of her favorite essential oil (vanilla is my favorite)

Drop oil into the dishwashing liquid and let sit, covered, for 1 week. Pour into beautiful bottle, add gift tag and ribbon, and instructions to use ¼ cup per bath. Makes 8 baths.