Chanukah is starting tonight! The basic story of Chanukah is here. A description of the menorah is here along with the proper lighting procedure.
This year we made a tree block menorah. We cut eight 1" pieces of tree blocks from a fallen bay laurel tree. The wood from bay laurels seems to be ideal for tree blocks for those who live in Israel. We used a mitre box to cut the pieces straight. Yoav and I shared in the sawing. We then glued on (with craft glue) metal "candle holders" that we found in our local craft shop (which was filled with Chanukah crafting items) and glued each tree block onto a piece of spare wood. I think it would be prettier if the base was a thick branch with the top and bottom cut (horizontally) to make it flat on both sides and a similar shape as the base we used. But that would have been a lot of sawing for us.