ibiblio hosts a number of offerings that can help get you in the mood to celebrate:
Of course, why not start with the ultimate classic? Who else could turn a ghost story into a timeless Christmas tale?
2. A Hannukah Poem (in Yiddish)
This speaks for itself:
‘Twas the night before Chanukah, boichiks and maidels
Not a sound could be heard, not even the dreidels
The menorah was set by the chimney alight
In the kitchen, the Bobba was chopping a bite
Salami, Pastrami, a glezzele tay
And zoyere pickles mit bagels — Oy vay!
Sheet music and a midi track can be found for this holiday choral classic at the Mutopia Project (a sort of Project Gutenberg for sheet music). If the midi doesn’t quite do it for you, a nice arrangement can be heard here.
So it’s another couple of months out, but what better way to extend the American holiday season than by allowing the Chinese New year this February to round things out? There’s a ton of information, history and resources at ibiblio.org/chinesehistory.