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Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama

Selina Alko
Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Random House, 2012   ISBN: 978-0375860935

Sadie’s holiday season is special because during this time she celebrates “a mix of two traditions.” Her father grew up celebrating Christmas, and her mother grew up celebrating Hanukkah. Now Sadie has a unique holiday that combines the stories and traditions that both her parents love.

On the mantel there are carrots for Santa’s reindeer, but instead of cookies or cake, Santa is offered a plate of delicious latkes. There is no doubt in Sadie’s mind that Grandma’s latke recipe “is Santa’s favorite treat.”

Sadie’s house is decorated with a menorah and a Christmas tree. There are stockings hanging from the mantle, and golden gelt under the tree.

The holiday meal that Sadie’s parents serve on the last day of Hanukkah is also an interesting mix. Daddy stuffs a turkey with cranberry kugel dressing, and Mama makes both jelly doughnuts and fruitcake. These delicious treats are enjoyed by both Daddy’s and Mama’s families, and together the two families enjoy the traditions of their forefathers.

Most of the time a family celebrates either Hanukkah or Christmas. This book tells the story of a little girl who celebrates both these holidays in a special way by honoring the stories, food, music, and traditions of both faiths at the same time. It is a wonderful picture book, one that is full of warmth and family love.