For those who aren’t familiar with the origins of the holiday, Chanukah is the celebration of the re-dedication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E. It is celebrated for eight nights because, according to the story, the Jewish soldiers had enough oil to illuminate the menorah for one day, and it miraculously lasted for eight. For this reason, Chanukah is also known as the “Festival of Lights”.
Here are a few of the most common Chanukah traditions:
- The Menorah: Each night for the eight nights an additional candle is lit using the “worker candle” which is the center, more elevated candle on the Menorah.
- The Dreidel: In this game, people spin the dreidel (which has Hebrew letters on each of the four sides) with hopes of winning gelt (chocolate coins).
- Fried foods: Since Chanukah celebrates the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days instead of just one, foods that are cooked in oil are especially popular for this holiday. One such food is potato pancakes, or “latkes”. These are made with potatoes, onion and either matzah (unleavened bread) or breadcrumbs. Many people eat this dish with applesauce or sour cream on top. Another fried Chanukah dish is called “Sufganiyot”, or jelly-filled doughnuts.
Happy Chanukah to our Jewish friends, employees and customers!
Let’s not forget…the holidays are supposed to be a break to relax and enjoy time with friends and family. But with (seemingly) endless errands to run, gifts to buy, dishes to prepare, and lights to light break can quickly become breakdown. We’ve compiled tips to de-stress from several sources, and would love if you shared your own!
1. Just say no. Take a deep breath, prioritize which events or commitments are most important to you, be realistic and remind yourself there’s only so much time (and sanity!)
2. Give back. Whether its volunteering or donating to a toy or food drive, helping those in need will have a positive effect on your holiday outlook (and sets a great example for toy-crazed kids)
3. Let it out. There’s power in numbers…do your present or grocery shopping with a friend and vent, after shopping treat yourselves to a soothing cup of green tea or a peppermint stick.
4. Reign in the sugar. Fluctuating sugar levels can make you depressed and bloated (and even more anxious over weight gain when the time comes to make those resolutions!)
5. Don’t forget “me”. While you’re out grabbing gifts to impress for those around you, get something small for yourself that will help alleviate stress—think holiday scented candles, a new book, or bubble bath to keep calm.
6. Keep the focus. These are holiday memories in the making, so slow down and laugh with the people around you!
We roamed the halls of UA’s corporate office to find out what UA is loving right now about this holiday season….
- Christmas tree scented candle (perfect complement to your artificial tree…who needs messy needles and spilled water cleanup anyway?)
- My daughter’s reaction to opening her presents Christmas morning (awww!)
- Egg Nog (mmm…Christmas in a cup!)
- Peppermint bark (the smell of peppermint is known to induce calm…holiday stress be gone!)
- UA Winter Snowfall Navy Print Scrub Top
UA Winter Snowfall Navy Print Scrub Top