The holidays are all about traditions. I mean, Christmas Eve isn’t complete if my family doesn’t break Oplatki before our meal and we can’t ring in the New Year without wearing our pajamas and watching “Home Alone” by the fire. So what to do when your holiday traditions don’t match up perfectly to the traditions of your loved ones? You blend them! That’s what my husband and I did when we got married over seven years ago. He brought his Jewish traditions and I brought my Catholic traditions to make the holidays even more magical…and our kids absolutely love all of the celebrations! Are you an interfaith family, too? Or simply a family that wants to expose your children to different traditions and religions? Well, no matter your situation, you must check out these well loved holiday books for Interfaith families.
Daddy Christmas & Hannukah Mama by Selina Alko
What better way to show how Interfaith families are created?
Light the Lights! A Story Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas by Margaret Moorman
We just love that this book points out how both Hanukkah and Christmas are bright spots of cheer during what can be a long and dreary winter season.
The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket
Such a fun story featuring my favorite part about Hanukkah–the delicious latkes!
Eight Candles and a Tree by Simone Bloom Nathan
The perfect book to read before you begin to deck the halls in your home.
Nonna’s Hanukkah Surprise by Karen Fisman
A wonderful story to show that everyone can celebrate the holidays together.
Hooray for the Holidays by Catherine Hapka
An introduction to all of the different ways children celebrate the holidays depending on their culture and beliefs.
Oh, and if you are into all of the Elf on the Shelf craziness, don’t forget to add a Mensch on the Bench to your mantle! My kids just love seeing how these two friends cause trouble when everyone is sleeping at night.
And if you are looking for some ways to navigate the holidays as an Interfaith family, be sure to check out my tried and true tips on how we truly appreciate our differences and celebrate our unique blended family throughout the year.