Tonight I watched as Mummy helped Little Tyke observe the first night of Hanukkah by lighting a candle on the menorah with a shamash.
Mummy then read the story of Light the Menorah to Little Tyke. It told the story about the Maccabees – how they recaptured Jerusalem from the Syrians. And when it came time to celebrate, they had only one jar of oil left – which was enough for one night but miraculously it stayed alight for eight days. That’s why we will be lighting candles for the next seven days.
Hanukkah symbolises how God looked after the Jews in their difficult time.
Come to think of it, there are a lot of celebrations with candles at this time of year.