Chanukah is a special time in my home. I always host a Chanukah dinner for my family and a few friends. I make honey garlic brisket, chicken schnitzel, salads and latkes (potato pancakes) with sour cream and applesauce. For dessert, I make sufganiyot (doughnuts) with white chocolate filling and two different kinds of cookies. 

Gifts are exchanged and after dinner, we play a game of dreidel. We each pick our own dreidel to spin and put a couple of pennies in a pile. One person spins their dreidel and depending on which side comes out on top, they get the whole pile of pennies, or half, or nothing, or have to add a couple of pennies. Then the next person takes a turn. Once you lose all your pennies, you're out of the game. Everyone has a great time with lots of laughs and joking.

In order to decorate my home for Chanukah, I am always on the lookout for patterns and fabrics. There's not a lot out there, but I have found a few and try to stitch at least one each year. I have also found a site that has Chanukah decorations and fabrics. 

One of my finds was an unusual gold print with Chanukiah (Chanukah candelabrums with nine branches). I found a table runner pattern that I thought would work and paired it with a wildly patterned Star of David and white on white dreidel (a spinning top) fabric. And voila, my Chanukiah Table Runner was born. 

I hope you all enjoy the holiday season, no matter which holiday you celebrate. May you have lots of fun with family and friends, lots of good food to enjoy and lots of stitching gifts.

Linda Brenner


  1. What fun fabrics Linda! Your table runner is beautiful. Wishing you and yours a very Happy Chanukah!

  2. Beautiful ethnic piece, Linda. Way to go & celebrate. Happy holidays. Jennie

  3. The table runner is great and your dinner celebration sounds delicious.


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