Thursday, December 6

Combining Chanukah and Christmas!

Rather than one seasonal celebration, these picture book recommendations show interfaith families combining Chanukah and Christmas traditions.

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko
Another great multicultural tale about an interfaith family. A super-lucky kid helps Daddy make latkes and Mama hang the stockings as the family embraces all their traditions together.

The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket
Funny and farcical in that way only Lemony Snicket can be, this story follows our hero—a latke who's narrowly escaped a hot frying pan—as he flees through a forest and encounters all the symbols of Christmas.

Light the Lights! A Story about Celebrating Hanukkah & Christmas by Margaret Moorman
A simple story about a girl and her parents celebrating the thread connecting both of these winter holidays: light in the darkness.

Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift
Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift by Dara Goldman
In this retelling of "Gift of the Magi," two bears each sell something important to get the other a gift for Chanukah or Christmas. 

Jackie's Gift
Jackie's Gift by Sharon Robinson
The famous baseball player's daughter tells the story of her dad bringing a Christmas tree to a family that doesn't have one—because, unbeknownst to Robinson, they celebrate Chanukah.

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The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
When most families in a Russian-American community become sick with scarlet fever, their Jewish neighbors pitch in to create a Christmas celebration for everyone.