As Hanukkah approaches, we will have gone through almost an entire Jewish holiday calendar year in COVID-19. And while the warm weather made the High Holidays and Sukkot doableI know this time will weigh even heavier in this cold, dark season.

So, here are five ways to bring the light and art of Hanukkah into your home this year:  

Join us online for the JArts/MFA Hanukkah program. 

While it won’t be quite the same online, join us for the annual JArts/MFA Hanukkah program on Dec. 9You’ll get the great art and performance without the headache of parking! And for those of you who aren’t local and have wanted to experience the program that ranked as one of the top eight Hanukkah celebrations in the country, this is your moment. This program lineup is worth logging on for, with music from klezmer great Hankus Netsky and Ethiopian Israeli singer Tamar Rada, art talks with MFA Judaica curator Simona Di Nepi, a special (and gorgeous) newly commissioned dance piece by Boston Dance Theater and even a community candle-lighting. Register here.

Order takeout. 

JArts is bringing Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen to you, with special Hanukkah menusMeals are available for pickup/delivery on Dec. 9 to eat while you watch the JArts/MFA Hanukkah program online. Order here by Dec. 2. 

And even if you don’t order a menu special, make this the moment to splurge and order some of those fried foods you love! Restaurants are hurting and lose all profit when we use third-party delivery apps. So, get out and pick up some food—you’ll burn a few calories en route, and you’re doing a favor for your favorite restaurant and yourself!

Order something from Etsy. 

There are so many fun and quirky gifts on Etsy that bring me joy, especially by Israeli artists. Ordering on Etsy is a win-win for those you gift to, and for the artists who need the support more than ever.  

Deliver some Hanukkah gifts! 

Just because we can’t hang out with friends and family doesn’t mean we can’t do contactless delivery. Make something, buy something, it doesn’t really matter. Just bundle up your gifts and drive them over—no one will be mad about a special Hanukkah delivery. 

Get out and see the “Brighter Connected” windows.

OK, it’s not exactly the scale of the Christmas lights at Gillette Stadium, but it is eight works of great art! Get out and see these eight light- and connection-themed works in windows around Greater Boston. Get the map and info here. 

As the holiday mantra now goes, Hanukkah 2020 won’t be the same, but we can make it special and memorable!

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