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Does Hanukkah have eight days of presents?

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Like other Winter Holidays, Hanukkah is known as a time when some people give and receive presents. But since Hanukkah has eight days, does that mean the presents last for over a week??

Just as with all traditions, every family has their own special way of celebrating Hanukkah. While some families might open lots of big presents throughout the holiday, others might just have one or two nice things and then some smaller presents. Other families might not exchange any presents at all on Hanukkah!

Originally, the only gifts given on Hanukkah (if any!) were gelt, small coins that were meant as symbols of freedom. But because it falls near other gift-giving holidays like Christmas, in many places Hanukkah celebrations have come to include a bigger focus on presents as part of the cultural tradition of exchanging gifts during the holiday season.

Presents or not, it's also important to remember that the most important part of any of the winter holidays is not the gifts, but the time you spend celebrating and observing the holiday with your loved ones!

by Mya Kagan (Whyzz writer)

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Hooray for the Holidays!

Outside of the presents, what are some of your favorite things about the holiday season? Having cold, snowy weather? Getting a little time off school so you can hang out with your family more? Traveling to see relatives who live far away?? What is one of your favorite non-gift memories of the holidays? Was it when your uncle accidentally dripped hot chocolate out of his nose? Maybe it was baking cookies with your grandmother or playing games with your cousins. Draw a picture of this great moment!

Sources

Rank, Rabbi Rafi. Hanukkah and Gift Giving and Getting. The Jewish Post of New York.Chanukkah Traditions. Chanukkah. Judaism101