Hanukkah is one of our favorite holidays and not just because it is an excuse for fried potatoes and eight days of presents. Nope, we also love it because it is an opportunity to bust out the menorahs! No matter the style, menorahs should look just as great sitting on your table as they do on the eighth night of Hanukkah, full of beautiful candlelight. Below, a few of our favorites this year!
Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah. Do you have your menorah ready to light? If you're in the market for a new take on the menorah, there are plenty of pretty designs to choose from. For the stark modernist, choose the Nine-Piece Concrete Menorah by Marit Meisler ($320). The cubes can be rearranged in any number of shapes and configurations. Interested in something a little more whimsical? Look no further than Jonathan Adler's fun and pretty Peacock Menorah (on sale for $96). To shop the rest of the look just click on each image!
While jingle bells and pine trees seem to dominate the month of December, there are other holidays to be celebrated during the chilly month. Many folks could point out a menorah but do they know the meaning behind the candelabra? Check out the quiz and see if you know your Hanukkah facts.
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"Menorahs are a really fun design challenge," [Adler] said, because they have a clear set of requirements: The menorah holds eight candles lined up at about the same height — symbolizing the ancient miracle at the center of the holiday, when a small amount of oil was said to burn for eight nights — and a ninth candle, the shamash, which stands at a different height and is used for lighting the others.
Adler himself has been making menorahs for years, including the Utopia Man/Woman Menorah ($295), shown here. I've also rounded up some other options, both modern and traditional, that will please those looking for a design-savvy menorah this season.
As impressed as I am by the craftsmanship of the Salusa Glassworks Web Menorah ($410) and its shadow-casting, cellular shape, I don’t think I’ll ever warm up to tie-dye again; the Grateful Dead and one particular Birkenstock-ridden mountain town kind of scarred me for life. Would you light this menorah in your home?
Get a little crafty this Hanukkah with a homemade menorah of your own. Using just a few household items and an hour or two of your time, it is easy to bypass the child-oriented menorahs in the stores for one that shows your tot's real creativity.
Based on one created by Martha Stewart, this menorah is easy enough for a toddler to help with, and pretty enough to be put on display with yours throughout the holiday. Just remember to always place a menorah on a ceramic plate or a piece of tin foil to help prevent fires.
To see what you need to create your own menorah, as well as step-by-step directions, read more
Açai berries may be the latest power fruit to hit Whole Foods shelves, but that's no reason not to delight in the adorable puckered tops and bulbous shapes of last season’s trendy grocery, the pomegranate. If you’re celebrating Hanukkah this year, you can enjoy the "pom" when you pick up the Michael Aram Pomegranate Menorah ($150), a stunning bronze luminary with a leafy, branch base. You can also check out Aram's collection of other pomegranate-festooned items. Didn’t you hear? “Deck the halls with boughs of pommy,” is the latest power ditty.
While much of the focus is on Christmas this time of the year, Hanukkah happens to coincide with Santa's day, starting on December 21st. We thought it might be fun to kick off a week of Hanukkah ideas with the most well-known symbol of the holiday, the menorah.
The Hanukkah menorah, a nine-branched candelabrum, stands as a reminder of the day's worth of oil that lasted for eight. Since there are no rules regarding the actual design of a menorah, other than the necessity of one branch standing higher than the others, we searched for the most child-friendly ones on the market and found them in all shapes, sizes and themes. We've even found some non-flame options, to ensure that your lil one's hands are safe during this festive time.
I recently came across an adorable holiday idea that I simply couldn't resist sharing with you . . . and ooohing and ahhhing over it. I may not be of the Jewish faith, but I'm seriously jonesing for this adorable embroidered menorah by Floresita. Yeah, the snowflakes and the miniature tree amp up the cute factor, but I just love how mother-of-pearl buttons act as candlelight. This would make a perfect holiday gift or decoration for anyone celebrating Hanukkah this year. Perhaps if you're having a dinner party, you could embroider a name onto each piece of fabric, and use it as a place card that doubles as a gift. You could also use a similar format to embroider a chandelier using buttons. You like?
Happy Hanukkah, loves! I came across this High-Heel Shoes Menorah ($39) and couldn't pass it up. The candle holders are all shoes: How fun is that? It's definitely worthy of a Fab Hanukkah — for you or a friend!