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Celebrating Hanukkah

Hanukkah 2019 begins in the evening of Sunday, December 22 and ends in the evening of Monday, December 30.

Also known as the Jewish Festival of Lights, the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah (or Chanukah) celebrates two miracles: a great Jewish military victory and a miraculous supply of oil for the Temple. The Hanukkah menorah holds nine candles, one for each of the eight nights and an additional candle that’s used to light the others. One candle is lit on the first night, two on the second night, until all eight candles are lit on the eighth night. Hanukkah is a time to celebrate with family and friends, to eat holiday treats, to give gifts (especially to children) and to play the dreidel game.

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For everything there is a season—a time to die and a time to be born. With the arrival of winter’s low dark sky, communities around the world look to the miracle of light as a sign of rebirth and a source of hope. We celebrate the promise of new life and recommit ourselves to the protection of everyone’s right to his or her own radiant humanity.

Celebrating the winter holidays, thus, is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. See Sixth Principle Resources for winter holidays.

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Affirmation

  • You Are the Holiday Miracle (WorshipWeb)
    by Gwen Matthews
    Tagged as: Christianity, Earth-Centered, Hope, Judaism, Love, Mystery, Paganism, Reverence, Tradition, Winter

Blessing

Chalice Lighting

  • The Nights of Midwinter (WorshipWeb)
    by Dawn Fortune
    Tagged as: Earth-Centered, Hope, Judaism, Mystery, Winter, Wonder

Image

  • December 7 (WorshipWeb)
    by Ralph Yeager Roberts
    Tagged as: America, Arts & Music, Judaism

Meditation

  • Meditation on Winter Celebrations (WorshipWeb)
    by Elizabeth M Strong
    Tagged as: Awe, Ending, Hope, Letting Go, Searching, Unitarian Universalism
  • The Moment of Magic (WorshipWeb)
    by Victoria E Safford
    Tagged as: Awe, Connections, Earth-Centered, Gratitude, Love, Wonder

Music

Prayer

  • Holiday Season Prayer (WorshipWeb)
    by Wayne B Arnason
    Tagged as: Balance, Patience, Service, Unitarian Universalism, Vulnerability

Reading

Responsive Reading

  • Each Candle a Miracle (WorshipWeb)
    by Amanda Udis-Kessler
    Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Awe, Freedom, Judaism, Trust, Wonder

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