11 Lively Hanukkah Menorahs & Dreidels For Jewish Pet Lovers
Hanukkah starts on December 12 this year, which means that the first light of the menorah is lit at sundown the night before, December 11. Though the holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem, Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days to acknowledge the miracle that the altar light burned for eight days when it only had enough oil to keep it burning for one day.
With Christmas commercialism in mind, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to you that pet lovers and even their pets are "special" during the eight days of Hanukkah. This year, the array of cat and dog menorahs abound, and I even found some cat and dog Hanukkah dreidels! Here's a bunch of the ones I found engaging....
The menorah is a special candelabra lit during Hanukkah. Each night of the holiday, the center candle (altar light) is lit and it is used to light the candles to the left and right of it, starting from the left. The first candle is lit on the first night of Hanukkah, two candles on the second, three on the third, and so on. The dog and cat menorahs here are very creative and artistic, and definitely not traditional!
Dog and Cat Menorahs
1. Ketzal The Cat Menorah
Hand-painted, beautifully handmade metal-worked menorah, available from Amazon.com.
2. Muttle The Dog Menorah
Aww. Like Ketzel the Cat, above, Muttle the Dog is delicately metal-worked and hand-painted and makes a beautiful Hanukkah gift for the Jewish dog lover!
3. Cat Fish Menorah
What a splendid work from artists Don Gidley and Sue Parke! Look at that cat face! The metal work on the Cat Fish Menorah has a unique distressed finish and is hand-painted. The wooden base is also hand painted.
4. Two By Two Dog Menorah
These adorable ceramic dogs are spread out in mirror images from the center, and their metal candle holders look like crowns. At Amazon.com.
5. Demure Cat Menorah
A really cute piece in ceramic with sultry and sweet cats -- you know, just like yours. In another twist from the traditional, the altar candle sits at the left of this Cat Menorah.
6. Cats Having Fun Menorah
Artist Karen Rossi created a real joyous Cat Menorah - very precious!
7. Happy Cat Menorah
Really, you never saw cats this happy! Happy Cat Menorah is hand-painted ceramic.
8. Yoga Dog Menorah
Nine hand-painted ceramic dogs all anxious to celebrate Hanukkah! Great line-drawn expressions on these pups.
9. Cat & Mouse Menorah
These cats are in stripes for a reason - probably a very good reason. Great personalities from Jessica Sporn. Cat & Mouse Menorah.
Dreidels are four-sided spinning tops that are used to play a children's game called T-Totem, during Hanukkah. The ceramic dreidels presented below are for ornamentation only.
10. Ceramic Cat Dreidel
Adorable, expressive cat faces on each side of the Ceramic Cat Dreidel; hand-painted, stand included.
11. Ceramic Dog Dreidel
I love the spinner on this Ceramic Dog Dreidel; it's a dog bone! Four lively dogs on the sides, this one has a cat dinner in mind!
You have eight days, not just one, to give your Jewish pet lover a Hanukkah gift!
That's the buzz for today!