Interfaith Children’s Books to Celebrate the Holidays
December is a wonderful month filled with holidays that are full of lights, love, delicious treats, gift giving and loads of joy! Do you celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah in your house? Or maybe you only celebrate one and would like to educate your children on the holidays that others celebrate. Here at Daily Mom we believe that the best and most important part of the holidays is imparting the wisdom of love on our Children. We believe that sharing the traditions of these holidays along with the generosity, giving and miracles that surround them are what is most important to instill in our little loved ones. We have compiled an awesome list of children’s books that talk about both Christmas and Hanukkah traditions. You don’t have to be an interfaith family to fall in love with these classic tales.
This humorous story will keep both parents and children chuckling straight through. A Hanukkah latke escapes from a hot frying pan and runs through the forest, coming upon various Christmas icons like candy canes and Hanukkah lights. This book offers a great education, especially for children who are not Jewish, offering the information that Hanukkah is not the Jewish Christmas. Great for all different cultures, Lemony Snicket offers us a classic, with a cute and rollicking twist on Holiday traditions. This book is perfectly hilarious for ages 6 to 110!
“Light The Lights” shows children how the different holidays are celebrated by each parent and how they can share each celebration. This is a fantastic book which toddlers will want you to read over and over! Without going into religion it provides a great description of certain traditions of both holidays. A wonderful addition to anybody’s holiday collection. This is a book that is not only educational but also fun, and will be pulled off of the shelf time and time again!
This heartwarming tale is a must read for adults and young children alike. Blitzen is a reindeer with a character who is always getting into trouble. Santa’s hungriest reindeer gets an education about Hanukkah. This book’s multicultural approach will be appreciated by both old and young readers. It even includes a delicious recipe for blintzes at the end!
Tying books into Everyday Life
Themes are great with children, both old and young. It is a great “teaching tool” to tie what you are reading and learning about into their daily routine. After reading Blintzes for Blitzen, taking the time to make the blintzes for them, while talking about the story is a great way for them to make an association.
This book is a wonderful portrayal of a child who celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah. Written by a clinical psychologist, this story offers great explanations that showcase just how special it can be to celebrate two holidays instead of one! If you have a child being raised in an interfaith family this teaches them about all the holidays and assures them that they are not alone. My Two Holidays offers children comforting explanations that shine a light on how special it can be to celebrate two miraculous holidays instead of one!
This story celebrates the wonder and miracle of true friendship. A young girl, Trisha, celebrates the 8 nights of Hanukkah. When she realizes her neighbors, who celebrate Christmas, have come down with scarlet fever, her family rallies together to make it a memorable Christmas holiday for them. Patricia Polacco offers warm and colorful illustrations and a delightful story about a wonderful holiday miracle. This is a great book for children who are learning about traditions and a wonderful story to mingle Christmas and Hanukkah together.
I am a mix of two traditions. From Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama. How lucky am I?
In this delightful story a young girl talks about her families unique traditions. From caroling to the neighbors about both the Maccabees and the Manger to making latkes to leave for Santa. This book celebrates the blended family and the wonderful traditions that can come along with it. From Christmas trees to angels and menorahs, it showcases a great family whose both sides come together to celebrate.
This year make it a point to educate your child on all of the wonderful holidays that arise during the season. After all, the holiday season is meant to be shared by people of all faiths! Make it one focused on love, joy and giving!
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