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    Chanukah is the sacred Jewish holiday that is celebrated for eight days, starting on the 25th of Kislev -  the third month of the Hebrew Calendar.  Chanukah, or Hanukkah, which means dedication, falls annually around late November to late December.  The holiday celebrates the reclaiming of the holy Temple from the Syrian Greeks in 168 B.C.E. During Chanukah, which also called the Festival of Lights, one candle is lit on each of the eight days on the menorah.  This tradition celebrates the miracle of light that happened after the holy Temple was reclaimed.  The victorious group, known as the Maccabees, found a bottle of oil in the Temple which was used to light the menorah.  This bottle of oil, that should have only lasted one day, in fact lasted for eight days, thus the miracle that is called Chanukah was born. Hannukah traditions Children receive gifts, such as the dreidel; a four-sided top that children use to play traditional Chanukah games, as well as money and chocolate.  Families enjoy Chanukah songs, stories and traditional foods fried in oil in honor of the menorah miracle. Fried potato pancakes (latkes), jam-filled donuts (sufganiyot), sugar cookies, beef brisket and salmon ar...

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  • Classic Gifts »

    What is the classic gift?  A box of chocolates?  Flowers?  Tiffany's jewellery?  A vacation for two?  Well any of the above could be termed the classic gift but of course the definition is a vague one and it is the nature of each recipient that determines what is the perfect gift for them. For instance, for a young but hard-up tech-savvy individual, maybe starting out in their first job, an iPad 2 could be the classic gift. And for the woman in your life obsessed by footwear and lusting after the latest Prada, a trip to Ralph Lauren could end up providing plentiful options for a classic gift. But there are some traps and pitfalls to avoid when selecting a classic gift. Romantic gifts A classic gift is more than just a cliched gift, you can´t get away with presenting her with a bunch of hastily-acquired, randomly selected flowers and feel satisified you are the last of the great romantics and a natural when it comes to gifts! It takes a little more effort and time aforethought to find a classic solution so take time to think about what makes the recipient tick. Once you know the recipient you can work out what comprises the classic gift....

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