Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 6, 2015. (Sorry for the late reminder.) It ends at sundown on December 14.  John 10:22 mentions Jesus celebrating this Jewish holiday where it is called the Feast of Dedication.  Walking with Y’shua Through the Jewish Year offers a bit of history, a bit of reflection on how we might respond to the holiday and some suggestions for family fun. Maccabee! The Story of Hanukkah is a picture book for school-age children that tells the story in an exciting, inspiring way.

Reading holiday books with a child or children can be such a rich experience for everyone. If you are looking for Christmas books that you and the kids might read and enjoy together, here are some suggestions:

It’s a Wonderful Life for Kids!

Jotham’s Journey

The Legend of the Candy Cane

Lucille Nadine Alexander’s Birthday

Read and Play Christmas

Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story

Sparkle Box

Nancy Ellen Hird is a mom, a writer and a credentialed teacher. (She taught seventh grade and preschool.) Two of her published works for children are Marty’s Monster and Jessica Jacobs Did What?  Her latest work is I Get a Clue, a mystery novel for girls 10-13. For several years she was a freelance reviewer of children’s and teen’s literature for the Focus on the Family website.