(Also, sorry for the blurry pictures. It was nighttime and raining so it was hard to get good ones. However, I'm sharing them anyways!)
After the candlelighting we sang a song, and then there were fireworks!
After that we went home and lit our own menorahs. As the rabbi invited all of us to share our nightly menorah lighting on social media (with a hashtag even!), most of my pictures are taken from Instagram.
Night 3Each night the kids "lit" a menorah of their own. Sam's was a hand painted wooden one he made with Dave's mom and Rachel's was a foam one Dave's aunt sent her. Each kid would also do their own blessing. It was so great! I think watching the kids "light" their menorahs was my favourite thing from Chanukah this year.
We don't do presents every night but on Night 3 the kids got some, including fairy wings for Rachel. I loved how she wore them to "light" her menorah. I called her The Chanukah Fairy. Also shown is our menorah on Night 7 with a book Tim and Janice gave the kids and that we read a page of each day.
Chanukah overlapped a little with Christmas this year so we had Advent candles going too one night, and the Christmas tree lights in the background another night.
All in all, it was a beautiful Chanukah with much light in our lives during this dark time of year.