Sometimes called “The Trees' New Year” or “Jewish Arbor Day,” Tu B’Shevat is an occasion to celebrate the entities that sustain life on Earth.
This Tu B’Shevat, get “hands-on” with your family. Try a few of the crafts and activities below for a fun date with nature — this holiday or anytime.
Create a ‘Tree of Gratitude’
House of Hendrix blogger Alison Hendrix show us how to use finger paints and Alpha-Bits cereal to commemorate the things your child appreciates about life.
Set the Table with a Fruity Centerpiece
Since Tu B’Shevat marks the time when the earliest-blooming trees in Israel begin a new fruit-bearing cycle, why not re-create those blossoms in your family’s home? The Creative Jewish Mom teaches us how to make a decorative cherry blossom centerpiece using edible fruits and snacks.
Feed the Song Birds
A bird feeder from Kveller.com writer Joanna Brichetto is well suited for the Shabbat before Tu B’Shevat, which is traditionally called Shabbat Shira (Shabbat of Song). The name for the Shabbat is derived from the Torah portion for that week, which includes Shirat HaYam, the Song of the Sea (Exodus 15:1–18). The Song of the Sea was sung by the Jews after they crossed the Red Sea, and it is believed that the birds sang along with them. Today, many families continue to show gratitude to the birds for their accompaniment by making bird feeders to hang outside.
Freshen Up the Winter Air
Give your family’s home a springtime scent by making citrus and clove pomanders. The Creative Jewish Mom provides step-by-step craft instructions.
Grow Some Plant ‘Hair’
Tu B’Shevat is an opportunity to honor the Earth by reducing waste and reusing products. Put those empty two-liter plastic bottles to good use with this craft project from Goods Home Design. Make a cute face and watch your planter sprout living greens for “hair.”
This Tu B’Shevat, create an opportunity for your family to celebrate trees and nature. Even from within the comfort of your own home, there are many ways to show appreciation to the many fruit-bearing trees.
January 29, 2015