Hanukkah Gifts

A history of the practice and some tips for parents.

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Your children may be surprised to learn that the custom of gift-giving is largely American. Beatriz Yanovich and her husband came to the United States from Colombia. Her three children grew up in Richmond, VA.

Yanovich says, "Growing up for my husband and me, as well as for our children, Hanukkah was time for latkes, sufganiyot, gelt, and lighting candles. One unforgettable year one child expected a present every night so I gave one sock one night and then the other the next night, laughing all day about it."

Yanovich's main piece of advice for parents: "We should not compete with Christmas."

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Natasha Rosenstock

Natasha Rosenstock is a writer deciding whether to buy her one-year-old daughter Hanukkah presents this year. She can be found at www.natasharosenstock.com.