Activities, Crafts, Recipes, and More! Learn a little about the history and traditions of Hanukkah. Whether you are Jewish or not you will still love to read the stories, do the activities, and try the recipes, and more! Kids will love to help celebrate this sacred holiday. Festive Hanukkah reason-behind-the-recipe from Hanukkah Activities, Crafts, Recipes, and More!: Latkes are potato pancakes fried in oil. The reason Latkes are such a popular Hanukkah recipe is because oil is a reminder of the miraculous oil that lasted for eight days when the Temple of Jerusalem was rededicated. Spinning dreidels, sizzling latkes, singing children at the synagogue, flickering candles, and the scent of sweet sufganiyot wafting throughout the house.. these are some of my favorite sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday in December.