Sukkot is one of the three holidays on which Jews from all over Israel would make a
pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem; the other two are Passover and Shavuot. The Sukkah, tabernacle or hut,
serves multiple purposes: for one, it is a yearly reminder of the “Clouds of Glory” that followed and protected us
in the desert after we had left Egypt. Another reason we sit in the Sukkah is to remember the impermanent and
migrant dwellings in which we lived in the desert for forty years. Aside from procuring the four species, one of
the very first things we do in Sukkot is building a sukkah, using the most beautiful sukkah decorations we can
find. Indeed, the sukkah decorations are a major part of making the sukkah a beautiful home for an entire
The great thing about sukkah decorations is that the decorations can be whatever you want them to be.
Some common sukkah decoration ideas include a Bruchim Habaim, Hebrew for welcome, sign; The Ushpizin, the 7
mystical shepherds of the Jewish people who “visit” the sukkah during the 7 day holiday celebration. The Ushpizin
are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aharon, and King David; and many more. Sukkah decorations can be colorful
paper clips, tin foil, anything your heart desires. For children, sukkah decorations are often the best time of
year. Many homemade sukkah decorations can be made by the children of the house. Popcorn chains, paper chains,
drawings, favorite New Year’s cards and paintings are some common sukkah decoration ideas that children go crazy
It’s always important to remember, while making the Sukkah decorations, is that it might rain. Do not
fret, though; you can find instant solutions, like zip lock bags for drawings, cards, and smaller crafts and, clear
contact paper for larger sukkah decorations, and more.
Another great idea for sukkah decorations is to take a
family picture, frame it, perhaps laminate it to make it water-proof, and hang it at the entrance to the sukkah.
Always remember that if you have children, they should be able to take as active a part as they want in making
sukkah decorations. This will make them love the holiday even more, which is a God-given commandment in its own