When the Swanky Seventeens posed the question: What’s your favorite holiday reading tradition?, I knew I had to add my two cents. (How could I not?)
We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas in my interfaith family, and finding a good holiday read-aloud for my daughter was tricky. (This was years before the We Need Diverse Books campaign shot to prominence, and non-traditional holiday books were few and far between.) When I landed on Light the Lights! A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas, by Margaret Moorman, I thought I’d struck the literary jackpot.
The story – about a little girl who lights the Hanukkah menorah and plays dreidel with her dad and then decorates the Christmas tree and sings carols with her mom – is lovely and doesn’t whack you on the head with a heavy or (worse) corny message. I was smitten immediately.
What’s your favorite holiday book tradition?