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Beautiful Hanukkah Menorahs and Advent Calendars

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Happy Hanukkah!

It's the first of eight days of Hanukkah. The centerpiece of any home during this time is the menorah -- a seven-branched candelabrum.  A candle is lit each night of the holiday.

There are many stylish and beautiful designs available -- many of which we have featured in Martha Stewart Living.  See some of my favorites below.

December 1 also means just 24 days until December 25. Advent calendars are a great way to count down the days and celebrate something special each day until Christmas arrives.

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Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a modern manzanita-branch menorah, sprayed shimmering silver and trimmed with candles.

1 Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a modern manzanita-branch menorah, sprayed shimmering silver and trimmed with candles.

Add some sparkle to Hanukkah this season with a homemade menorah.

2 Add some sparkle to Hanukkah this season with a homemade menorah.

Give your celebration a special glow with these hand-rolled candles, made from sheets of beeswax in the subtlest shades of ivory, butter yellow, and deep olive.

3 Give your celebration a special glow with these hand-rolled candles, made from sheets of beeswax in the subtlest shades of ivory, butter yellow, and deep olive.

Build a luminous menorah throughout the eight nights o fHanukkah, using sherry glasses.

4 Build a luminous menorah throughout the eight nights o fHanukkah, using sherry glasses.

For Hanukkah, set out a menorah composed of mini bottles clad in ribbon.

5 For Hanukkah, set out a menorah composed of mini bottles clad in ribbon.

Made with wooden blocks, cheery paint colors, and shiny candleholders (actually pastry tips), this simple menorah can be constructed by kids and parents together. For added flair, stamp a star pattern onto fabric to create a runner.

6 Made with wooden blocks, cheery paint colors, and shiny candleholders (actually pastry tips), this simple menorah can be constructed by kids and parents together. For added flair, stamp a star pattern onto fabric to create a runner.

Protect table surfaces with subtly decorative sheets of glassine that you can change daily.

7 Protect table surfaces with subtly decorative sheets of glassine that you can change daily.

From Top: This Polish branch-style menorah, circa 1890, probably graced a synagogue. Hanging - and bench - style menorahs were developed in the Middle Ages. During the Spanish Inquisition, the Jews known as Marranos concealed their menorahs in small travel

8 From Top: This Polish branch-style menorah, circa 1890, probably graced a synagogue. Hanging - and bench - style menorahs were developed in the Middle Ages. During the Spanish Inquisition, the Jews known as Marranos concealed their menorahs in small travel "chests."

Most of these pieces are silver plated - at times, European Jews were kept from owning solid silver, but silver plate often escaped confiscation. The wall-hunt example (middle left) was made in 1920 at the Israeli arts school Bezalel. The Star of David atop the British silver branch menorah (bottom, far left), 1929, is also a snuffer.

9 Most of these pieces are silver plated - at times, European Jews were kept from owning solid silver, but silver plate often escaped confiscation. The wall-hunt example (middle left) was made in 1920 at the Israeli arts school Bezalel. The Star of David atop the British silver branch menorah (bottom, far left), 1929, is also a snuffer.

The stately branch candelabras in this picture might have been synagogue menorahs. The middle one is a nineteenth-century German rarity: it was worked on by many artisans, each of whom left his hallmark on a scrolled branch; although sterling silver, it has acquired a golden patina.

10 The stately branch candelabras in this picture might have been synagogue menorahs. The middle one is a nineteenth-century German rarity: it was worked on by many artisans, each of whom left his hallmark on a scrolled branch; although sterling silver, it has acquired a golden patina.

And for those who are not celebrating their holiday with a menorah -- an advent calendar may be in place. This creative 25 days of Christmas advent calendar is made up of several match boxes and is perfect to put little surprises inside.

11 And for those who are not celebrating their holiday with a menorah -- an advent calendar may be in place. This creative 25 days of Christmas advent calendar is made up of several match boxes and is perfect to put little surprises inside.

You can put together the match boxes and paint a holiday design on them before you label them by number.

12 You can put together the match boxes and paint a holiday design on them before you label them by number.

I love this advent calendar -- which is made up of 25 boxes that are all different sizes and shapes. It makes  a creative design on the wall you mount the calendar on.

13 I love this advent calendar -- which is made up of 25 boxes that are all different sizes and shapes. It makes a creative design on the wall you mount the calendar on.

For a quick and simple advent calendar use clothespins to hang different colors and sizes of socks. Label them each a different number (1-25) and stuff a daily surprise inside!

14 For a quick and simple advent calendar use clothespins to hang different colors and sizes of socks. Label them each a different number (1-25) and stuff a daily surprise inside!

Here is a close-up photo of this advent calendar made from a variety of socks.

15 Here is a close-up photo of this advent calendar made from a variety of socks.

This is an elegant-looking greeting-card advent calendar.

16 This is an elegant-looking greeting-card advent calendar.

If you want to wrap-up all of your 25 days worth of goodies, wrap them up and label them by number and then place them in different locations by the railing of your staircase.

17 If you want to wrap-up all of your 25 days worth of goodies, wrap them up and label them by number and then place them in different locations by the railing of your staircase.

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