December 2019 Song of the Month
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Eight Days of Light
(from "A Season For Singing" available on Tape and CD)
This song may be downloaded for free and used for any purpose that is not for profit.
 
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I wrote this song to help explain Hanukkah to very young children. I sing it after giving a brief and simple explanation of the story of Hanukkah. I use a small menorah, and actually light the candles as the song is sung and as the lyrics indicate. The children are spellbound by the lighting, and seem to sense the seriousness of the occasion. If you are unclear about the story of Hanukkah, visit one of these websites which give wonderful and simple explanations, as well as more crafts and activities.

Hanukkah Traditions ~ Hanukkah Crafts ~ Story of Hanukkah

You may use a real menorah (there are inexpensive children’s ones), or make one out of clay and birthday candles.
This song also works well for school music programs.

 


Eight Days of Light


On the first day there was oil in the lamp,
Enough for just one night

But on the second day it was still giving light,
Burning brightly through the night

On the third day it was still giving light,
Burning brightly through the night

And on the fourth night it was still giving light
Burning brightly through the night

On the fifth night it was still giving light,
Burning brightly through the night

And on the sixth night it was still giving light
Burning brightly through the night

On the seventh night it was still giving light
Burning brightly through the night

And on the eighth night it was still giving light,
Burning brightly through the night

Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah
We celebrate the light you bring
Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah
To celebrate we will sing
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven
Eight nights of light you bring.