Hello, I'm Russ Handler with another tip on Hanukkah 2009. Hey, how about giving those gifts? Well, my friends, there's lots of things to consider. Jews have been giving gelt to friends and family since the 17th century. Just recently, during the 19th century, it's become a more elaborate. Chose your gifts widely; when I was a child, usually on the first night of Hanukkah we got something really big. The second, third and forth night it could have been something very practical such as a watch or even underwear and socks. Something simple, but something new and something to present during Hanukkah.
When you're choosing your gifts consider your budget, of course, and don't go overboard. One of my favorite gifts that I gave to my brother last year, was this. This is Hebrew beer. It's very special, a six-pack of this cost me $7.50. It was very affordable, it was enjoyable, he loved it and we all got a big kick out of it.
Consider something that's going to have longevity. This is one of my favorite things, right here; this book is the â€œJewish Family Celebration: The Sabbath Festivals and Ceremonies ; a great book that just really highlights Jewishness at its best.
For the young kids, give them something as well, that they're going to enjoy. It doesn't have to be spectacular. This book, here, for instance; Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights. It's a great read for any small child, it's very colorful and they will enjoy it very much.
Most importantly, don't stress out over the gifts that you choose for Hanukkah. Hanukkah is about family, friends and the menorah and of course, Mr. Mazal for good luck. I'm Russ Handler and I'll see you in Temple.