Sukkot Gifts and an Invitation

by wrapitup4me

Send an artful invitation to join you in your sukkah or get a gift to celebrate this joyful holiday with friends or family.

For a full week, Jews traditionally eat their meals in a temporary shelter in the yard. Children's drawings and paper chains often decorate the sukkah. While many secular Jews no longer build a sukkah, they may mark this happy holiday with festive meals during the course of the week.

You may want to have a special invitation to send to friends and family to join you for a meal, whether in the sukkah or not. And if you are invited to a sukkot meal, you may want to take a gift with you that fits in perfectly with the holiday atmosphere.

"Sukkot" is the Hebrew name for this holiday. In English, you may find it called, "Feast of the Tabernacles" or "Feast of the Booths", the English translation of the word, "Sukkah".

Invite Your Guests to the Sukkot Festivities

Aesthetically designed card with a drawing of the lulav and etrog, apples and a Star of David, it is entirely customizeable. 

The top inscription says: "Please join us for a Sukkot lunch and celebration." The middle inscription tells where and when and the lower inscription gives RSVP information. All of these can be personalized in your words and with your own information.

Don't forget to pay attention to the space on the back which just tells you you can write anything you want or delete - if you do not delete these words will be printed.

You can even select the kind of paper on which it is printed, included recycled.

An Especially Festive Apron for Preparing the Meals for Your Sukkah

 

By the same artist who designed the invitation above, this apron is decorated with the same delicate pattern as we see on the card, entitled the "Elements of Sukkot". These elements include the lulav, etrog, apples and a Star of David.

Pictured here is the standard sized apron. It can be ordered as a longer apron or a smaller version for children.  In addition to white, it is available in khaki or yellow.

A Bag For Everything You Want to Bring to the Sukkah

Whether you are the hosts organizing the festive meal or the guests bringing drinks or fruits to add to the festival table.

A painting by Leopold Pilichowski (1869-1934) graces this carry-all bag. Pilichowski was born in Poland, where he painted his fellow Jews in various community and religious activities, at work in the towns, during festivals. In 1904, he moved to London with his wife and four children. 

In this painting we see the Rabbi making the blessing over the lulav and etrog.

You can order the bag in any of 8 different styles, including a very small bag or a huge bag or one made of organic fibres.

If you want, you can customize it - perhaps making the picture a bit smaller and adding an inscription. It is not difficult to do.

Bring Cups or Mugs to the Feast of the Tabernacles Table

 

 

Holding up, gently shaking and blessing the lulav (a closed frond of the date palm wrapped with myrtle and willow twigs) and etrog (a large citrus fruit called a citron) is an integral part of the Sukkot festivities, Together these four species of flora are called "Arba HaMinim" in Hebrew. According to one interpretation, they are believed to represent the community of Israel and waving the lulav and etrog during the prayer represents the recognition of the dominion of God over the world.

Here we have two examples of mugs that feature the lulav and etrog in their design. Both are frosted glass and can be ordered in any of the seven available mug types, some with color accents on the handle or inside the mug.

The upper mug shows the lulav on its side and an etrog in the upper left corner, with the inscription: "Chag Sameah". In English this is "Happy Holiday".

The lower mug also features a drawing of the lulav and etrog, with the words, "Shake This!", adding a light touch to the meal.

 

Another version of the Sukkot mug in the same design as the invitation and apron at the top of this page. 

Going to this artist's store, you can find other products in this set - coasters, a dinner plate, carry-all bag, trinket box, postage stamp and more. It's worth a visit to check them out.

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This refrigerator magnet is decorated with a watercolor painting of fruits, including an etrog and apple. 

It is inscribed with a Hebrew quote from the Torah and its' English translation: "Thou shalt keep the feast of tabernacles seven days from Deuteronomy 16:13."

The magnet is 2" by 2" square. A round version is available, but it does not work for this design. The magnet is printed on recycled paper and laminated with scratch- and UV-resistant Mylar.

You may prefer to give a humorous button that says: "Shake your lulav" (also available on over 20 other products by this artist).

The round button can be purchased in any of five sizes - 1 1/4 inches to 6 inches diameter. It is also available as a 2-inch square button.

Below, left, is the Sukkot painting by Leopold Pilichowsky applied to a mousepad.

Directly below, we see a decorative ball made up of Stars of David either to decorate the sukkah itself, or to attach to a gift, making it more festive.

A Sukkot Watercolor Print

 

A lovely print (about 32" X 24" in size) to decorate the sukkah or a wall in your home or office.

In this watercolor painting, we can see an etrog, the willow, date frond, myrtle, pomegranates and other fruits. They are laid out together with a talit, the Jewish prayer shawl worn by men (and by women in some more modern denominations of Judaism).

Updated: 03/03/2013, wrapitup4me
 
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Hope You Learned Something New About the Jewish Holiday, Sukkot.


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wrapitup4me on 08/23/2012

Thanks for your kind remarks, katie and sheilamarie. I must correct a misunderstanding - I do not have a zazzle store but am promoting the wonderful works of several others. I

katiem2 on 08/23/2012

I'm learning so much from you. I'm very much enjoying reading your cultural guides. I live in a very diverse city and am always eager to learn more about other cultures. You have a very nice Zazzle store. :)K

sheilamarie on 08/22/2012

This is the first time I've heard the Hebrew word for the Feast of the Tabernacles. I also found it interesting to read about how the feast is celebrated today.

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