Every year on Hanukkah, my family gathers around to light our menorah. Our three children (ages 6, 5, and 2.5) dress in their Hanukkah pajamas and climb up on stools to "help us" as we sing and light each candle, one by one. It is a beautiful experience, full of meaning, but it is not without a few moments of "watch your hands!" and "tuck your hair back!" The truth is, lighting a menorah is both beautiful AND a little nerve-wracking when it comes to little ones standing about. They want to be involved, and involved means reaching and touching and grabbing; certainly not the most ideal situation when fire is involved.
I had often wished there was a safe alternative to lighting the menorah; something where my children could be free to reach in and be as involved as they could want. Of course, there are electric menorahs on the market, as well as some toy options, but I really wanted something that would be both beautiful and artful, as well as functional and safe.
Enter: Our Chalkboard Menorah. Part art, part tradition, and ALL family-friendly, the "Draw the Lights" Chalkboard Menorah Sign is one of our favorite items on Peace Love Light. It combines the beauty of a traditional menorah with the rustic nature of a chalkboard sign. It is as easy to use as it is lovely to display, and we particularly love it centered on a mantle with a touch of colorful garland
The Chalkboard Menorah is easy to use. Simply prime it before writing upon it by rubbing chalk (on its side) both vertically and horizontally along the entire surface, then erase. Now the chalkboard is ready for use! For each night of Hanukkah, draw in an additional flame. As an alternative, you can also use a chalk pen. Check out the video here to see exactly how easy the Chalkboard Menorah is to use (even my two-year-old loves it; she's featured in the video...someone loves the camera!).
We love lighting our traditional menorah, and we will continue to do so, of course. We also love, however, having the added tradition of the Chalkboard Menorah. It's beautiful to view, a fun conversation piece, "on" all day, and completely safe for our children. My children are already getting creative, asking us to buy yellow and orange chalk for the flames. The Chalkboard Menorah is now on sale; order early as this handmade item takes a few weeks to create. We can't wait to see how you incorporate the Chalkboard Menorah into your own Hanukkah celebrations.
Wishing you a peaceful day,