Family Traditions on On My Mind:
Maybe it is because we have been mostly stuck in the house for the past 8 months, maybe it is because that has meant that my family are all thousands of miles away. Whatever the reason, I’m kicking up my holiday celebrations + traditions to 15 this year.
That is hard for me with the Jewish holidays.
I was raised by a Jewish mother and Episcopalian father. I went to a Methodist preschool. We celebrated Hanukkah and Christmas each year. My grandparents all lived in the same town (10 minutes from mine) so we all celebrated everything mostly as one big group.
We didn’t go to church or synagogue. Our celebrations and observations of holidays were more cultural, more about time spent with family. Most of the Jewish holiday observations were done with my maternal grandparents at the helm. Once my grandfather died when I was a teenager, our celebrations started to lesson. Once my siblings and I went to college, they mostly stopped.
But for the past 6.5 years that I have been a mother, I have tried to talk about the Jewish holidays. I don’t want my kids to lose that part of my heritage that is important to me. I don’t need to choose faith or ideas for them (they have both attended a church-run daycare), but I want to expose them to everything, and have them understand that there is more than one idea out there and they are free to choose what feels good for them.
How does this have anything to do with the title of the post? Let me tell you.
I honestly found these wonderful boxes because I was served an ad on Facebook. In this time of Covid-19, I was looking for a way to make all of the holidays special, and a box that helped give me information on the religious part of the holiday AND provided things for my kids to do, well that sounded like a winner.
To quote from the Days United About page:
I wasn’t totally sure what I was going to receive, but I was excited to try this for Rosh Hashanah and hoped that I would like it enough to buy one for Hanukkah (spoiler: that is definitely the case).
Rosh Hashanah Box:
I was very impressed with the packaging for the box. The overall designs was great and it included SO many things. Overall, I had to refer back to the website to make sure I understood all of the activities that were included, but there were so many things in this box that we did one per day for the entire week leading up to Rosh Hashanah (and we honestly didn’t even do all of them, we have some stored for next year!)
I really enjoyed the detailed booklet them came in the box that explained the religious significance of the holiday. Growing up, I just didn’t get all of these details, and I find that when I am trying to pass traditions on to my kids, I want more information that I have. This booklet helped me adjust some of my plans for the Rosh Hashanah meal – including getting me to bake my own round challah bread!
If you aren’t familiar, Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year, and the start to the High Holy Days. This is a time of reflection, of contemplating how we have moved through the world in the past year and of what we hope for the new year. It ends with Yom Kippur, which is the Day of Atonement. Given that 2020 has not looked as any of us expected, Rosh Hashanah and the High Holy Days were incredibly poignant for me this year. Which made having this box to help celebrate even more special.
This box included:
- Emoji New Years cards kit
- Honeycomb mold – and honey cake recipe
- Clay bee napkin rings kit
- Cast Away Sins activity
- 71 page Rosh Hashanah guide
Activities We Enjoyed:
My oldest son’s favorite activity was making cards for all of his relatives. Especially since we haven’t seen all of our Jewish relatives (my family on the other side of the country) since January, this was a great way for him to make something to help say hello. He used the perler beads included and the emoji template to create all of these cards for everyone. (I also love it because we have SO many perler beads left, which are great for future projects!)
This is not something we’ve typically done before. So my extended family was surprised and touched at the New Year’s wishes that my son took the time to send.
Our other favorite activity was baking the honey cake. The silicone mold was really cute and easy to use, and we added chocolate chips to our cake, which my son loved. (The finalpicture fail was my fault, I didn’t grease the mold enough so our cake had some trouble coming out of the pan…)
Looking Forward to Hanukkah:
Overall, I really enjoyed this box and the fact that it helped me keep my kids connected with my heritage. We are going to make sure that we order our Hanukkah box this week before they sell out. You can find the Hanukkah box here.
This year’s box includes:
- Build a Designer Star of David Menorah (with two shapes to choose from)
- Build a Modern Art Dreidel
- Stained Glass Hanukkah Art
- Color + Read the Hanukkah Story
- Special set of colorful candles to use
More Days Boxes:
I want to clarify, I found Days United boxes and purchased it on my own. I have a special discount code for you, but I am not being compensated for this review.
You’ll find many different purchase options for the Jewish holiday boxes. You can buy a single box, 4 holidays or 8 holidays. What I really love is that they also help familiar celebrate Chinese + Indian holidays.
If you would like to give one of their boxes a try, you can use our exclusive code for 15% off of your purchase before 12/31/20. Just enter code SomethingCreative15 at check out.
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