My growing compendium of recipes, ideas, decor, and games to make the holiday set apart, and lots of fun.
When I started learning about the feasts, not having grown up in a culture of feast-keeping, they were a mystery to me as to how to celebrate them. When I realized that for thousands of years, Christians have been setting apart a holy day in the way they celebrated Christmas, it became much more clear: a special day with special decor, special food, special music, and special gatherings. The same principle can be applied to all set apart feast days.
Christmas and Sabbath-keeping (or, how to set apart a holy day)
We remember the nativity of Messiah Yeshua at Tabernacles, since we believe He was born on the first day of the feast. We merely transferred what we used to do to at Christmas to remember Messiah Yeshua, to Tabernacles.
Gift-giving during the feasts – Homeschooling Torah
The First Christmas by Tomie dePaola
This was our nativity the whole time our children were growing up. For Tabernacles, read one to two pop up pages per night, and keep the book displayed at its current page in a prominent place in the sukkah, for the length of the feast.
Della Robbia style at Colonial Williamsburg
Della Robbia floral on Pinterest
To me, the Della Robbia style of Christmas wreaths, garland, and centerpieces are a natural fit for Tabernacles decorating. The key element is the motif of abundant fruits; I just remove evergreens and replace them with the beautiful boughs mentioned in Scripture. If you have crafters or artists at home, set them to making a variety of papier mache fruits for your garlands and centerpieces.
2008 Tabernacles post: celebrating at Tabernacles, with ideas I still use today.
2007 Tabernacles post, the first year I celebrated Tabernacles:
As you know, this is my first year celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days. I am only in the second day of the Feast, and I have already learned some things to do differently for next year:
1) Start cooking and baking six weeks in advance;
2) Do not forget to begin cooking and baking six weeks in advance;
3) DO NOT procrastinate on cooking and baking in advance, LOL.
I used to begin baking for Christmas immediately after Thanksgiving, and this holiday, Tabernacles, is even bigger in God’s appointment book than Christmas. So it just makes sense that I would put as much effort into food preparation and decorating the house for Tabernacles as I used to for Christmas. But why didn’t I see that before? It is frustrating, sometimes, because in this area of holidays I am so indoctrinated into Gentile ways that these thoughts don’t even occur to me until after the fact. ::: sigh ::: Well, I am not going to let my ignorance and shortcomings mar my joy in celebrating the rest of this holiday. It is the foreshadowing of the marriage supper of the Lamb, and that is cause for rejoicing!
Checklist of ideas and fun traditions for Sukkot – Homeschooling Torah
Design Megillah Holidays category – scroll down for sukkot
20+ Unique Sukkah Decorations and Craft Ideas – Amenvamen.com
Sukkah decorating projects – Juggling frogs