Hanukkah is not about glitz and overdone yard displays with lots of inflatable characters and giant spinning dreidels. Still, many households that are Jewish, interfaith, or those who want to honor all the winter holidays like to decorate outdoors. After all, the original point of outdoor lights and decorations was to brighten up the darkest time of the year, when the days are shorter, trees and foliage are bare, and -- except for snow -- the landscape can be colorless.
We've assembled decorations that will add some beauty, fun or spirit to your Hanukkah festivities. Shalom!
Blue and white are traditional colors associated with Hanukkah. The color combination isn't just for celebrating the Festival of Lights, however. Blue and white echo the colors of the season, in the sky and snow, and look lovely and peaceful throughout the winter. That way, if you aren't ready to take them down right away -- and who is? -- they won't bother your neighbors.
Going with LED lights is the energy-saving thing to do, and these lights should be built to last, if you buy them from a reputable source.
That said, think how sophisticated it would look next to your neighbor's deflated airblown Grinch. Highlights include:
Improvements' Hanukkah Light String features 10 sturdy plastic ornaments (5 each of dreidel and Star of David) lit by clear mini lights on a 9-foot cord. Not that we're telling you how to decorate, but if you have a front porch or entryway, you might want to string them on or above the door, a railing, pole -- you get the idea.
Just a word of warning: these are not LED lights, so don't try to plug these into other LED light strands. String incandescents with incadescents and LEDs with LEDs.
Again, LEDs are lighting the way, even with the traditional menorah. While candle-lighting is a beautiful part of Hanukkah tradition, you may want to display a menorah in your front window or on your porch that doesn't have to be watched. An LED menorah saves you the worry of open flames and is an eco-friendly option. What's not to love about that?
Yes, Virginia, there is a Hanukkah bush -- according to Treetopia. They're the folks that put the fun into faux holiday trees and wreaths, as evidenced by their lineup of products: Smurftastic Blue Tree, Dipped in Frosting Pink Flocked Tree, Stephen J. Colbert National Treasure Tree, to name a few.
The White Hanukkah Bush Tree is 6 feet tall and features: