On the fifth night of Hanukkah, my grandma gave to me

Over at ParentHacks, my friend Asha asked people to share their holiday traditions. I decided that the way my stepmom presents Hannukah, long distance, to my kids is definitely worth sharing — and requires some visuals.

A few years ago, she gave us this Hanukkah tapestry from Land Of Nod. Each pocket is intended to hold a small treat. There is a little candle to dangle outside of the pocket as the days pass.

When Hanukkah approaches each year, a box arrives from my dad and stepmom with 8 gifts inside for each child, along with a set of index cards, numbered 1 to 8. The index cards have a sticker on them and I place the cards in the numerically matching pockets of the tapestry.

Each gift in the box they’ve sent has a corresponding sticker on its tag. So, each night of Hanukkah, after lighting the candles, the children take the correct card out of the pocket and look at the sticker. (Night #5 shows two small dreidels this year.)

And then they look in the pile of wrapped gifts for the one that has the matching sticker. If the sticker matches, that is the gift they are supposed to open tonight.

Did you find the match? Good girl!

And that, my friends, is how we roll.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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