Bust out the dreidels and latkes- it’s Hanukkah time!
Celebrating the successful rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the long-lasting one-day’s supply of oil that burned for eight, count ’em, eight crazy nights, Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights, as each evening a candle is lit on the menorah and left to burn all night. Gathering with family and friends is the kosher thing to do during this winter-time holiday, and a small gift of flowers will look lovely as you sing Hanerot Halalu. Here are eight fabulous flowers that will light up the night. Try bringing home one each evening for a bouquet of blessings worth their weight in gelt.
Said to represent resurrection and return to happiness, these large showy flowers can trumpet the triumph of the Maccabees like no other. There are several different varieties to choose from of these highly-fragrant flowers. Most will last for at least a week and their large blooms really fill out a vase so, much like the oil that burned for 8 days straight, a little goes a long way.
If you’d like to stick with the blue and white color theme of the Hanukkah season, try adding iris to your vase of white lilies for a gorgeous contrasting color. They last just as long and are easy to find at any florist.
Like the flame of a candle, this wispy wildflower has a golden plume that tops erect stems that can be several feet tall. Trim it down and tuck it in to add texture and a spot of bright color to an arrangement or consider choosing 8 tall and regal stems in a glass vase.
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Queen Anne’s Lace
In the Victorian language of flowers, this frilly flower is a message stating, “I will return.” In honor of Judaism’s return to the Temple, try using this lovely, white wildflower as an accent to lilies or roses.
On returning, the Temple was cleaned and rededicated, so many people take the opportunity to give the house a good scrubbing this time of year- especially before guests arrive. Consider hyssop, and purple-flowered mint relative said to symbolize cleansing and purity to the bouquet.
An herb said to symbolize both devotion and remembrance, stick a spring of this heavenly scented shrub in with other flowers for a delicious smell and texture. You can also bring a nice potted plant of it home to last for months to come.
Like little candles shining bright, this feathery flower comes in a bright yellow or orange. Fluffy and long lasting, this flower looks great in a vase by itself or tucked in with others.
The large, lush blooms of hydrangea are said to symbolize devotion and piety and will light up the table with their delicate, soft petals. Give yourself a gimel and get a few stems of these for Hanukkah this year.