How to Celebrate Hanukkah in New York in 2020
Even though it’s a weird year to celebrate holidays, here’s how to ensure your family has the best Hanukkah possible.
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Host a video chat while opening gifts.
You don't have to be in the same room with someone to see their face light up when they unwrap your gift. Consider creating a virtual family gift exchange. Send gifts to each other in advance, then plan to open them together via video chat. You can also try scheduling delivery of the gifts for each of the eight nights.
Make some Hanukkah crafts.
Sure, the directions for these crafts aren’t Hanukkah-specific, but your kids can customize their own snow globes, permanent marker mugs, and holiday crackers to be used as Hanukkah (or everyday) decorations. And your family can do a craft for nature while you’re at it by making winter bird feeders for your winged neighbors.
Volunteer with your family.
The holidays are the perfect time to give back, and doing it as a family is even more rewarding. Maybe your family wants to donate to a food drive or food bank. There are plenty of opportunities to give back in the New York area, whether it's in-person or from the comfort of your home. You can also have your family give back to the first responders and frontline workers of this pandemic by delivering food to hospital workers or writing thank you cards to their teachers.
Participate in a Hanukkah activity in the New York area.
Experience the Jewish festival of lights and learn about Jewish culture at one of the many events or activities in the New York metro area or from the comfort of your home!
However you decide to celebrate, the most important thing to remember is that the holiday doesn't have to feel distant. The right programs and activities can create memories you'll cherish forever.