Holiday Books for Interfaith Families

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.

Happy Holidays!
Amanda
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Comments

  1. censie says

    What a great way to continue family beliefs and traditions. We are not an interfaith family but I love picking up books for my kids to read about other peoples faiths and traditions. THank you for your list of book ideas.

  2. Cassie Tucker says

    I always forget how many families have parents of differing faiths at this time of the year. It must be interesting to say the least to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah at the same time. I love that there are so many books available to kids to help them to understand they aren’t alone and there are other people dealing with this intermingling of faith.

  3. Valerie says

    This is very cool that these books exist. In college I remember a professor was Christian and his wife Jewish. They always talked about how hard it is to do the interfaith thing. It’s nice to know that there are some books out there.

    • Amanda says

      We are one of the many Christian and Jewish families out there, so it is great that there are so many different books out there so we can celebrate ALL the holidays together!

  4. Marysa says

    I love having holiday books to read. This is a nice selection to read at Christmastime, even if you don’t follow a faith, because the kids can learn something about other religions etc. I have a whole stack of holiday books that I take out for us to read through the month of December.

  5. Dee says

    This is my first time hearing about interfaith books, but I think this is a really good idea to have books for people who have different religions and life styles.

    • Amanda says

      I’m so surprised that no one has heard of books that celebrate Interfaith families more, especially since it is such a common occurrence around the world to have families that celebrate multiple religions.

  6. Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking says

    We are not an interfaith family, so I have to say that this isn’t something that I’ve ever really thought about. I love that there are books that address interfaith families. Helps for kids to realize that they’re not alone and to cherish their traditions even more.

    • Amanda says

      If you want to broaden your children’s horizons and teach them about other traditions than the ones you practice, these are some really fun books to try out.

  7. Victoria says

    This is my first time hearing about Interfaith book. However, I am glad to know that they exist. They all sound like some good options and this post is right on time with the holidays being right around the corner.

    • Amanda says

      They are books that highlight families that celebrate not one but two religions, just like my family and thousands of other families across the country.

  8. Bites for Foodies says

    This is also my first time hearing about ‘interfaith’ books! I know some of those books but would never have pinned them to be ‘interfaith’ ones. They look like great reads for kids!

    • Amanda says

      Well, since they cover two different religions and the families that celebrate multiple religions, that is why they are classified as Interfaith. My family is one of those families.

  9. jennifer says

    What a great post! I love that there’s so many learning tools that are in the form of fun books out there that help kids to learn about more than one faith. It’s so interesting to me that families celebrate more than one holiday like this, it must be very fun to say the least! I love this!

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