When they came up with the slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” I don’t think they had this giant menorah in mind.
It took my father years to complete. Made from over 200 caffeine free diet coke cans, he has even wired it to light the appropriate number of “candles” for each night.
Why a giant menorah . . .
If I remember the story correctly, and I probably don’t have it quite right, he was tired of being told by the neighbors that he was the only house without Christmas lights. One year they went a bit farther and even asked him to put up some lights, so he did.
Not what they were expecting, I am sure. Here it is a few years back so you can get a bit of perspective:
So, what can we conclude from all of this:
- Holiday lights come in many different forms
- Caffeine free diet coke cans don’t rust
- My father is creative and clever
- My father clearly drinks too much soda.
If you are looking for some Hanukkah decor outside your house, and you haven’t been saving up hundreds of diet coke cans to make a giant menorah, you might like some of these:
How does this giant menorah compare to the world’s largest menorahs?
Well, of course, it doesn’t. Dad’s giant menorah of diet coke cans stands just over five feet tall (153 cm) and the current world’s largest menorah stands at 32 feet. Actually, there are two at this height, both in New York. One in Brooklyn, the other in Manhattan. According to this article, 32 feet is the maximum size allowed by Jewish Law.
While the two burrows battle over which one actually has the largest menorah, the courts settled it in 2016, and the title goes to Manhattan.