For me, it was important that Christmas not overshadow Hanukkah. I realize that in the Christian tradition the holiday of Christmas is bigger than the tradition of Hanukkah to the Jewish people, but I didn’t want our son to prefer one over the other. It’s a fine line to walk. You don’t want to turn Hanukkah into some HUGE thing, but you also don’t want to downplay the meaning of Christmas. We want our son to know, understand, and hopefully love all the traditions that surround our religious and personal backgrounds. I know that is a lofty goal, and I know that there are many things I love that my son won’t, but the holidays have always been BIG time for me and my family so I’m hoping to share and spread that joy. We plan to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with a book for each day about the holiday. It was with this in mind that we decided to do 4 days of Hanukkah books leading up to the holiday. I hope that Sweet Baby J will love this tradition.
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Last night, we started the 4 nights of Hanukkah that precede the 8 nights of actual Hanukkah. Sweet Baby J was super slow about unwrapping his present, which was super adorable. I helped him start the dreidel paper, and we got excited about what was inside. Last night, it was Elmo’s Little Dreidel. This book was utterly adorable. Of course Elmo is almost always adorable so I shouldn’t have expected anything less, right?
In this book, Elmo teaches tolerance and of course how to play dreidel. Elmo visits his friends house for the first night of Hanukkah, and he enjoys all the fruits of the evening. I mean I was salivating at the idea of latkes. Hey, I really like potatoes, okay? Then after the lights are lit and dinner is served his friends teach him to play dreidel. Elmo thinks this game is really fun. The rules are explained and Elmo even takes the game home to his family.
I will be back on Monday with two more Hanukkah books to review. Hanukkah starts on December 6th. If you celebrate Hanukkah, I hope you’ll let me know your families traditions. I look forward to hearing them all.