Chanukah1.—The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonChanukah is not the “Jewish Christmas.” It is a holiday that celebrates the successful conclusion of the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom in a Hellenistic world.

Chanukah is not a major Jewish holiday but has become very popular because it usually occurs during the winter holiday season.

It is a holiday that is quite easy to translate into floral art through the use of color and symbolism.

Blue and White

To celebrate Chanukah with flowers, ask your florist for a flower arrangement in blue and white.

Why blue and white? Traditionally Jewish prayer shawls are white with blue (or black stripes). The blue and white combination, which also inspired the national colors of Israel, works very well in florals.

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Table centerpieces incorporating blue and white are wonderful ways to add to the holiday celebration.





You can create or buy Chanukah floral art in just about any style. It can be water based, created in foam, large or small. Contemporary funky, incorporating gel beads and small lights.Chanukah3—The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston Chanukah4—The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston










Huge design to fill a bay window or entry area. Or perhaps something more contemporary for a mantel decoration.

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The Dreidel

The dreidel is a top used in a game of chance played during this holiday. It is enjoyed by the young and young at heart. It does have a serious aspect.

The Hebrew Nun, Gimel, Hay and Shin stand for the words, “Nas Gadol Haya Sham” or “a great miracle was there”….נס גדול היה שם. It refers to the fact that the oil used in the rededicated Temple in Jerusalem lasted eight days, which was quite unexpected — hence the “miracle!”

This is also the reason for the eight days of Chanukah and the lighting of lights each day.

There are all kinds of clever ways that florists incorporate dreidels into Chanukah floral designs.

The Hebrew letters that are found on the dreidel also can be used in floral design. Ask your florist!

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The Menorah

The Chanukah Menorah or Chanukkiyah is the eight branch Menorah used during Chanukah, with the extra candle used to light the other eight. Here is a flower Menorah, where a flower can be added to the top each night.

Chanukah is universal in its appeal. It reflects the tension between celebrating a specific ethnic or religious group’s uniqueness vs. the enjoyment of participating in the culture of the majority. This is something we can all appreciate in a pluralistic society.

It reflects our desire for the forces of light (good) to triumph over the forces of darkness (evil).

How have you seen flowers used for Chanukah?