Dreidels (draydls)

A delightful Chanukah game is a put-and-take game played with a four-sided top (a draydl or trendel), using nuts for the betting. The draydl is marked with four Hebrew letters: nun, gimel, hay, and shin — the initial letters of the Hebrew words meaning “a great miracle took place there” (Nes Gadol Haya Sham).

The letters also stand for the Yiddish words nem (take), gib (give), halb (half) and shtell (put) — which provide all the instructions needed.