For us Hanukkah is a time to hear the stories of our people's history. For Bram to gaze at the beautiful lights and eat new, for my son, flavors.
How do you share traditions with your littles?
I have been surprised how much it means to my heart to show my little bean-sprout the gifts and traditions of the holiday of lights and miracles. There is a grace in looking at our history and seeing the miracles of one sort or another. Sharing the simple acts of (interrupted) meditation, pray and lighting candles fills my heart more than pre-baby me would have guessed.
My own dad was a big part of my childhood holidays. For my son I spend time focusing on the magical history of this holiday season. The love that is so much more easily accessible during December than other months.
I include him in as much of the prep and decorating as he can handle at a year. Often I Ergo him and we have frequent dance party breaks while getting things done.
Include your little in the Hanukkah spirit:
1. Sing to them as you light the candles. Making eye contact with babies helps them engage and enjoy being a part of celebrations.
2. Babywear or let bigger kids in the kitchen while you cook. Tell them stories around the foods and have fun including them in the meal prep.
3. While nursing sing some holiday songs to them. Include words for them to pick up on later in the prays.