Tuesday night is the third night of Hanukkah, and Jewish families everywhere are celebrating. One Wilmington family invited us into their home Monday night to share their celebration. The Harrington-Verb family came together on the second night of Hanukkah, singing a prayer and lighting the menorah. Afterwards, it's the kids' favorite part, opening presents. While there are lots of things that come to mind on this holiday, they don't forget its story. "When they go back after the war, and the small band of Maccabees wins, they go back into the temple and find only a small amount of oil. It would only last for one day, and it lasts for eight days,” said Sawyer Harrington-Verb. “The stories of Hanukkah really are freedom stories and it's important to talk about freedom as it relates to the world now because there are lots of place where people aren't free," added Elisa Harrington-Verb. The family enjoyed a game of dreidel, and the traditional treats, including latkas and donuts. Marcus Harrington-Verb said, "My favorite part of Hanukkah is the food, it's all fried food, it's fried in oil." Elisa said, "It is not an equivalent holiday to Christmas, and I think it's important for people to understand that. It's not the most major holiday in the Jewish year. It's very important to children and it is one of our most fun holidays." As the candles burn low in the menorah, the family enjoys each others company, and for them, that's what this holiday is all about. The Harrington-Verb’s also want to give back for the holiday. Rather than exchanging gifts on all eight nights, they chose to donate to a charity and volunteer at their synagogue.
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