Light The Lights! A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah And Christmas by Margaret Moorman
When winter comes around, Emma knows it’s the season of lights. First she celebrates Hanukkah with her family, polishing the menorah with her father, eating latkes and playing with her cousins. Then they celebrate Christmas with cookies and tree decorating.
It’s a sweet story that keeps the focus on the traditions rather than the religion. There isn’t a single mention of Judah Maccabee or of Jesus Christ. So from that perspective it’s probably not a bad bet for a classroom read aloud. Another aspect of the book that I appreciated was that even though Emma’s father is Jewish and her mother Christian, they all celebrate the holidays together as a family, with the parents supporting each other and taking part in the holiday rituals.
It’s not an amazing story or the most beautiful illustrations you’ll ever see, but it fills a need for the woefully underrepresented niche market of blended faith families.
Sex, Nudity, Dating – None.
Profanity – None.
Death, Violence and Gore – None.
Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking – None.
Frightening or Intense Things – None.