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10+ Unique December Holiday Traditions We Love

We asked interfaith couples and families to share the unique traditions they have for celebrating the December holidays. Their answers did not disappoint. Check out these fun family traditions that we’re totally stealing. 

8 Beers of Hanukkah

For the craft beer lovers out there, you’ll love how Meg & Tim from Michigan have a hoppy holiday. 

A Very Merry Hanukkah 

Renata and her husband found a way to add some Jewish flavor to Christmas morning.

Giving Back

Aimee from Colorado kept a sweet family tradition alive.

Love Is In the Air

Malka, our 18Doors Atlanta Director, and her spouse have a heartfelt Hanukkah tradition.

Who Doesn’t Love a Theme?

We are loving how Amanda from Pennsylvania and her family keeps each night of Hanukkah fun and exciting with themed gifts.

Festive Furniture

Kait and her family have a special Hanukkah table.

A Flavorful Tradition

Molly, our 18DoorsBoston Community Manager and her husband Evan certainly live up to their foodie reputation. 

A Tradition You DONUT Want to Miss

We are drooling over our CEO’s family holiday tradition.

Light ‘Em Up!

According to us, there is no such thing as too many menorahs. Sarah from Massachusetts has so many beautiful menorahs, each with a special meaning behind them.

So 2020

Our very own Program Manager Jamie and her family will be celebrating the holidays in a very 2020 way.

A Jewish Blessing for the First Ornament Hung

Jackie & Scott from Pennsylvania created a new interfaith tradition, though it wasn’t really on purpose.

Games Galore

Michelle from South Carolina found a great way to ensure that her family will have many phone-free game nights in 2021.

Find the Gelt

Morgan from Washington DC has a fun Hanukkah tradition that happens after dark.

What unique December holiday traditions do you and your partner or family have?

Share it with us for a chance to be featured (email it to nicole@18doors.org).

Nicole Wasilus

Author: Nicole Wasilus

Nicole takes pride in directing the Jewish Clergy Officiation Referral Service which helps connect over 2,000+ couples and families annually to interfaith-friendly rabbis and cantors as 18Doors’ Director of Lifecycle Connections. She began her career working for Hillel after graduating from Penn State University in 2011. Nicole received her Masters in Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management from the University of Delaware in 2017. She was recognized in 2020 as a Jewish change-maker in a time of crisis by New York Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36”. When she’s not working, Nicole loves exploring new restaurants in Philadelphia with her husband, seeing independent movies, and taking her Insta-famous dog to the park.


Nicole Wasilus

Nicole takes pride in directing the Jewish Clergy Officiation Referral Service which helps connect over 2,000+ couples and families annually to interfaith-friendly rabbis and cantors as 18Doors’ Director of Lifecycle Connections. She began her career working for Hillel after graduating from Penn State University in 2011. Nicole received her Masters in Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management from the University of Delaware in 2017. She was recognized in 2020 as a Jewish change-maker in a time of crisis by New York Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36”. When she’s not working, Nicole loves exploring new restaurants in Philadelphia with her husband, seeing independent movies, and taking her Insta-famous dog to the park.