Countdown to Hanukkah Day 1: Who is a Jewish Celebrity Game!

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Good Morning Everyone! It’s a double post kind of day because yesterday I was so busy and missed our kickoff! However, you’ll be flooded with lots of fun activities today as I share Day 1 and 2 with you for the Hanukkah and Christmas! 🙂 This year I wanted the holidays to be all about the experience instead of a ton of things under the tree. Sure, gifts are nice… but as minimalists, (kiddo included), we cringe at the thought of bringing a ton of stuff into the house! Instead, we are focusing on all of the fun aspects of the holidays with things we can do, play, and learn!

Now let me just say that Hanukkah lasts 8 days. I know. But let’s get real for a moment and every fellow Jewish person out there can relate to this: in comparison to the hype of Christmas, Hanukkah often is this “other holiday” that gets thrown to the side. But why? It’s such a beautiful holiday with a wonderful story of bravery and miracles. So I created 31 activities you and your family can do all December long to keep the Hanukkah spirit alive!

Note: Hanukkah begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 12th

My inspiration for this activity came when I was at my local party store. I was purchasing a few Hanukkah decorations when the lady behind the counter saw them in my arms and asked: “Is it pronounced CHA-nukkah or -HA-nukkah?”. In that first half of a second I thought she was joking. I really did. But a moment later I realized, “Oh wow… she has never come across a Jewish person before!”. I felt like that rare species in the zoo with this woman ogling me with binoculars. It was weird! So, politely I said, “It’s pronounced HA-nukkah”…. and smiled. What else could I do? She laughed casually and said, “I always wondered what that word was over the candle stick things”. I cringed a bit.

In the day and age where our US President is shouting, “It’s MERRY CHRISTMAS! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!” at the top of his lungs, I feel it’s more important than ever to show our children that there are so many wonderful Jewish celebrities out there who celebrate Hanukkah just as we do.

For this game every person needs a piece of paper. On one side have them write “Yes” and on the other side, “No”. As you go down the list have them guess if each person is Jewish or not! Now the fun part is teaching them who each celebrity is. Older kids and adults might pick up on this faster. But for younger children you might want to say something like: “Josh Gad…. who is the voice of Olaf”. That way they relate to it easily and learn that Olaf… is Jewish! 🙂 Pretty cool, right? Alright, here is the list I compiled. Feel free to add your own and copy/paste into your own document if need be. Have a wonderful day everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❤

Who Is a Jewish Celebrity Game? 

Natalie Portman (YES)

Adam Levine (YES)… singer of “Maroon 5”

Alicia Keys (NO)

Mila Kunis (YES)

Adam Sandler (YES)

Alison Sweeney (NO)

Scarlett Johansson (YES) … Black Widow in “The Avengers” series

Jake Gyllenhaal (YES)

Anderson Cooper (NO)

Gwyneth Paltrow (YES) … from “Glee”

Anna Kendrick (NO)

Daniel Radcliffe (YES) … Harry Potter

Seth Rogen (YES)

Ariana Grande (NO)

Paul Rudd (YES)

Lisa Kudrow (YES)

Sarah Jessica Parker (YES) .. from “Hocus Pocus”

Shia LeBeouf (YES)

Mariah Carey (NO)

Kate Hudson (YES)

Josh Gad (YES) .. the voice of Olaf!

Paula Abdul (YES)

Dustin Hoffman (YES)

Ivanka Trump (YES)

Goldie Hawn (YES)

Jack Black (YES)

Ashley Tisdale (YES)

Ashley Olsen (NO)

William Shatner (YES)

Howard Stern (YES)

Jonah Hill (YES)

Rachel Bilson (YES)

Seth Green (YES)

Jessica Simpson (NO)

Jeff Goldblum (YES)

Mayim Bialik (YES)

Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) (YES)

Senator Joe Lieberman (YES)

Ed Asner (Lou from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) (YES)

Singer Matisyahu (YES)

Celebrity Chef Jamie Geller (YES)

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