Welcome

Featured

Welcome to my website, home of Eight Candles and A Tree, a book for all families that celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. With almost sixty percent of Jews and a third of all Americans marrying out of their faith, this is a much needed children’s picture book that shows how one interfaith family celebrates their holidays.

Colors of Christmas and Hanukkah

Typically, Christmas is represented by the colors red and green, and Hanukkah by blue and white, while silver and gold are the colors that celebrate the festive holiday season. Consider how your family’s home can incorporate all these colors – a fragrant evergreen wreath or tree, holly berries, a blue and white tablecloth, lights of all four colors, a shiny menorah – are just some of the ways that your home can showcase both Christmas and Hanukkah colors.  You may also want to purchase or make some Christmas or Hanukkah table decorations that you use each year at the holiday’s family meals and invite children to draw pictures that use all the colors of the season.

Making Photographic Memories

Choose a location in your home that creates a meaningful background for you. Decide whether your family is going to wear the same type of clothing, such as pajamas or dressy clothes, or not, and plan to take the photo in the same location with the family members standing or sitting in the same places every holiday.  You may also want to designate a particular wall in your home where you showcase each year’s framed photo. Watch how each family member grows and changes over the years. These photos are likely to become family treasures.

Celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah with Food

For families that celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, Parents magazine has some suggestions for melding the holidays through food:

  • Skip the yams alongside your Christmas turkey, and serve up potato pancakes (latkes) instead. Hanukkah is the one time of year when we’re encouraged to eat foods fried in lots of oil!
  • Make star-shaped cookies with the kids, which will honor both the Jewish Star of David and the guiding star that led the wise men to Bethlehem. Decorate them with blue, silver, red, and green icing.
  • Hanukkah is also sufganiyot season—time to devour these yummy round, fried, jam-filled, powdered-sugar dusted doughnuts! Or, you may want to bake up a hybrid version this year: Eggnog doughnuts!
  • Combine many seasonal colors by adapting this recipe for Glitter Ball Cookies, adding green, red, and gold sprinkles, too.