Creating and Printing Special Hanukkah Prayer Cards
Each Hanukkah, during the ritual lighting of the Chanukah candles, there is said three blessings. This year, so all can take part in these prayers- young and old, you might choose to create special cards bearing the sacred phrases, which can be printed at home and then can be read and enjoyed for years to come. This is an easy project that will make a long-lasting impression on those closest to you.
To begin you will need to purchase printer-sized card stock. This is a heavier weight paper, about the thickness of most index cards. It comes in a wide variety of hues, including the usual primary and secondary colors, but also neon pinks, greens, and oranges, as well as pastel pinks, blues, purples, and more. So your creative spirit is certainly not limited in this regards. You will also want to buy laminating sheets. This film can be purchased from craft supply stores in individual 8 ½ x 11 sheets or if you are among the fortunate individuals, you can have the ease of a laminating machine, which takes the work out of laminating. Either way, this film attaches to either side of your craft, overhanging each side slightly to create a lasting seal and guards against minor spills, provides additional strength, and seals the ink.
Now, open a word processing software on your computer. You can choose any font and size that you like, but do try to choose wisely, so that the words can be read easily. Set the page layout to "landscape, "and create two columns. This means that your piece of paper is now horizontal and split in half from top to bottom. Select centered text and then type the first prayer:
(Said only on the first night):
"Baruch ata Ado-nai, Elo-heinu Melech ha'olam, She'hecheyanu, vekiyemanu vehigi'anu laz'man hazeh"
You can add an image, or change the color of the page, text or both. Make the card special for you and for all those who will view it. Repeat this process for each of the other blessings:
"Baruch ata Ado-nai, Elo-heinu Melech ha'olam, Asher kid'shanu b'mitzvosav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Chanukah"
"Baruch ata Ado-nai, Elo-heinu Melech ha'olam, She'asah nisim la'avoseinu, bayamim ha'hem baz'man hazeh"
Once completed, load the printer with the cardstock and ink, and then print. Then, carefully cut along both the horizontal and vertical center lines to create cards of equal size. Use the laminating film or machine to protect the cards.
As a final touch, locate a hole-punch and some thin ribbon that works with the color theme you have created. Simply, punch two holes about an inch apart near the top- center of each card. Use the ribbon to thread the three together making a miniature booklet of sorts and finish it with a bow.
You now have a special way to share the tradition of a very sacred holiday with all that you love and cherish. Well taken care of, these cards can be handed down through generations of believers who will light their own menorahs.
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