‘Tis the Season for Stories: 20 Picture Books for Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa

Oprn Drdsmr: Kid Lit Musings and Review by Cheli Mennella

Holiday Books

Open Sesame (photo credit: Cheli Mennella)

‘Tis the season for stories. And what better way to share a story than snuggling up with your favorite kids and turning the pages of a beloved holiday book. Here are twenty suggestions for Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa!

  1. The Polar Express written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1985. A boy takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole.
  2. Chanukah Lights written by Michael J. Rosen and illustrated by Robert Sabuda. Published by Candlewick, 2011. Follow the Festival of Lights through time and place from Herod’s temple to an Israeli kibbutz, by way of poetry and exquisite pop-ups.
  3. Seven Candles for Kwanzaa written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 1993. Describes the festival of Kwanzaa, its origins and practices, while pictures follow a family through the seven-day celebration.
  4. The Longest Night written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Ted Lewin. Published by Holiday House, 2009. On the longest night of the year, a crow, a moose, and a fox think they can bring back the light, but it is the song of the chickadee that wakes the sun.
  5. The Third Gift written by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Published by Clarion Books, 2011. A boy and his father collect the tears of myrrh trees, then bring them to market, where they sell them to three men who need a special gift for a baby.
  6. The Jolly Christmas Postman Written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Janet Ahlberg. Published by LB Kids, 2001. As the Jolly Postman delivers holiday letters and gifts to fairytale characters readers can join in the fun by finding messages tucked into pocket envelopes.
  7. Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Published by Holiday House, 1994. Clever Herschel of Ostropol uses pickles, eggs, and a dreidel to outwit the hill-dwelling goblins and save Hanukkah.
  8. The Little Tree written by E. E. Cummings and illustrated by Chris Raschka. Published by Hyperion books for Children, 2001. A little tree from the country and a little family from the city find each other at Christmastime.
  9. Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story written by Angela Shelf Medearis and illustrated by Daniel Minter. Published by Albert Whitman & Co., 2000. When given the task of turning thread into gold, seven Ashanti brothers embody the principles of Kwanzaa to attempt the impossible.
  10. The Money We’ll Save written and illustrated by Brock Cole. Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011. When Pa brings home a turkey poult to raise in the family’s 19th century New York City tenement, hilarity and problems arise, but the family pulls together and saves Christmas from being ruined.  Read the rest of this entry »

‘Tis the Season for Stories: 20 Picture Books for Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa

Oprn Drdsmr: Kid Lit Musings and Review by Cheli Mennella

Holiday Books

Open Sesame (photo credit: Cheli Mennella)

‘Tis the season for stories. And what better way to share a story than snuggling up with your favorite kids and turning the pages of a beloved holiday book. Here are twenty suggestions for Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Some are brand new books and some are not-so-new favorites, but all are sure to get you and your kids into the holiday spirit.

  1. The Polar Express written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1985. A boy takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole.
  2. Chanukah Lights written by Michael J. Rosen and illustrated by Robert Sabuda. Published by Candlewick, 2011. Follow the Festival of Lights through time and place from Herod’s temple to an Israeli kibbutz, by way of poetry and exquisite pop-ups.
  3. Seven Candles for Kwanzaa written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 1993. Describes the festival of Kwanzaa, its origins and practices, while pictures follow a family through the seven-day celebration.
  4. The Longest Night written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Ted Lewin. Published by Holiday House, 2009. On the longest night of the year, a crow, a moose, and a fox think they can bring back the light, but it is the song of the chickadee that wakes the sun.
  5. The Third Gift written by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Published by Clarion Books, 2011. A boy and his father collect the tears of myrrh trees, then bring them to market, where they sell them to three men who need a special gift for a baby.
  6. The Jolly Christmas Postman Written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Janet Ahlberg. Published by LB Kids, 2001. As the Jolly Postman delivers holiday letters and gifts to fairytale characters readers can join in the fun by finding messages tucked into pocket envelopes.
  7. Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Published by Holiday House, 1994. Clever Herschel of Ostropol uses pickles, eggs, and a dreidel to outwit the hill-dwelling goblins and save Hanukkah.
  8. The Little Tree written by E. E. Cummings and illustrated by Chris Raschka. Published by Hyperion books for Children, 2001. A little tree from the country and a little family from the city find each other at Christmastime.
  9. Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story written by Angela Shelf Medearis and illustrated by Daniel Minter. Published by Albert Whitman & Co., 2000. When given the task of turning thread into gold, seven Ashanti brothers embody the principles of Kwanzaa to attempt the impossible.
  10. The Money We’ll Save written and illustrated by Brock Cole. Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011. When Pa brings home a turkey poult to raise in the family’s 19th century New York City tenement, hilarity and problems arise, but the family pulls together and saves Christmas from being ruined.  Read the rest of this entry »

Music Trekking: Games and Music for Hanukkah

Watch a Little Dreydl Spin!

December is such an exciting time of year as folks prepare for holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. For those who are celebrating Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights, there are goodies to prepare, a menorah to light with it’s eight special candles, relatives to greet and a wonderful little game to play based on a top that spins, called the dreydl (or dreidel).

So why is it called a dreydyl? The word “dreyen” in Yiddish means “to spin” so the name makes perfect sense. The dreydyl song talks about a toy made out of clay and it is certain that the first dreydls were made this way. If you have one today – it is probably made from either wood or plastic. And it will have four Hebrew letters on it. What does each letter mean? Well, it tells the tale behind Hanukkah, how a very small bit of oil that should have lasted only a short time was miraculously able to burn in the Temple for 8 days! It spoke volumes to the Jewish people about how God was able to provide for those who were faithful. If you watch the video, the letters will appear and you can see their meaning as well as how they relate to playing the game.

If you’d like to play the dreydl game at home, you’ll need a pile of goodies. You can use walnuts, candies, pennies or special chocolate coins called Hanukkah gelt (literally, Hanukkah money). Everyone takes a turn spinning the top and they either pass their turn, add a treat to the pot, take half of the pot or take it all. What fun!

Is this a custom your family does around the holidays? If so, why not share it with some friends and teach them about the things you do. If not, what are the special customs that mean the most to your loved ones? Can you share them with your neighbors or friends so they can enjoy them as well.

Whatever holidays you celebrate – may they be bright, beautiful and full of love!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning children’s performer, DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has created 7 cd’s that have won national honors. She has the most awesome job of traveling the world to sing for kids and peace. Her “world music for kids” website, www.dariamusic.com, was given a 2009 Parents Choice Award for its musical and cultural content.  She has also created a multicultural kids video site as well as My Favorite Multicultural Books.

A free copy of this month’s song can be downloaded on Daria’s Monthly Song Page.

Suggested Events 12/04/10-12/10/10

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Barn Stars (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

BEST BETS

On Saturday, December 4th from 10am-4pm –WINTER FAIR:Green Craftmaking and Book Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in the Brassworks building (132 Main St.) off of Route 9. Kids make holiday gifts out of recycled and natural materials. Chorus performance, baked goods. 268-3421 Haydenville, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

And in the afternoon on Saturday, December 4th from 1-9pm – HOLIDAY WALK WEEKEND: Williamstown will be filled with holiday spirit, including holiday film, gift fair, tree showcse, new toy collection, story hour, handbell choir, reindog parade (2pm), penny social, music, Santa’s workshop, tree lighting and much more. 458-9077 www.williamstownchamber.com Williamstown, MA (FREE)

On Sunday, December 5th from 12Noon-4pm – YULETIDE: Music and more at Yuletide at Storrowton Village Museum. In addition to music, there will be sheep dog demos, ice sculpting, historic trade demos, hands-on kids crafts, animals, a Victorian Santa, caroling, and more. 205-5051 West Springfield, MA (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

On Saturday, December 11th from 11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Holiday Family Fun Day at the Berkshire Museum.  See the Festival of Trees: Storybook Forest.  At 11am & 3pm, Mr. Punches Christmas Carol will be performed by Crabgrass Puppet Theater. At 1pm the Blafield Children’s Chorus sings . A Gingerbread Cookie Decorating workshop is at 2pm.  Blafield Children’s Chorus and Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Workshop are included with Museum admission. Fee for Mr. Punches Christmas Carol. Discount packages including full Museum admission are available as well as performance-only tickets. Call 443-7171 to RSVP for workshop. www.berkshiremuseum.org 443.7171 Pittsfield, MA (50% Off Museum Admission)

On Sunday, December 12th at 2pm – SOLSTICE EVENT: Welcome Yule: Music, Dance, Songs, and Stories to Drive the Dark Away at the Shea Theater (71 Avenue A). Years ago, a tradition emerged of celebrating the return of the light at midwinter with music, dance, songs and stories. Mark your calendars for this festive and joyful celebration, and be with community to sing and dance away winter’s darkness and call back the warm sun of spring. 863-2281 www.welcomeyule.org Turners Falls, MA ($)

BULLETIN BOARD

CRAFTY RUMPUS: On Sat. Dec. 4th from 10am-4pm, Greenfield Center School will again host a Crafty Rumpus. This is a colossal arts, crafts and music event for all ages. Musician Jay Mankita, who, according to Pete Seeger, is “one of the half dozen best songwriters today” will perform children’s music. Span of Sunshine and the Carrie Ferguson will also perform. Rumpus hosts a 25+ booth craft fair featuring juried artisans from across the region offering fresh, lovely wares. In addition: free art and crafting workshops for kids, ages 3-12, savory and sweet foods, and a used childrens’ clothing sale. All events free. All are welcome! For directions: www.centerschool.net and check out the Rumpus blog: www.gcsrumpus.blogspot.com. For more info: 413-773-1700

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information. — Help us help you!

MOTHERING GRIEF: Special Event to Support Families in Pregnancy/Infant Loss. Empty Arms of Western Mass offers a special event for families experiencing pregnancy/infant loss. Author and artist Angie Yingst will present a reading and discussion of her essay, “Mothering Grief,” from the new book They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth. Angie’s second daughter was stillborn in 2008; through words and painting she shares powerfully about her grief journey. December can be tremendously difficult when you are grieving a loss. Please join us for time to connect, reflect, and receive support, even if you have not previously attended Empty Arms. Your friends and family are also welcome. Sweets and hot drinks will be served. December 8, 7-9pm, in Northampton at the Center for Midwifery Care, CDH. RSVP: carolmcmurrich@comcast.net.

James Lombino writes: To all Berkshire Trails Bill Koch Youth Ski League members and prospective members: Due to extraordinary interest in our program this year, we are nearly at our membership capacity and must bring our registration to a close earlier than originally planned. If you have not already turned in or mailed your registration form, please do so as soon as possible. If you still need a form, email me at berkshiretrails@gmail.com and I will get one right out to you. Also, If you have friends who were planning to register but have not yet done so, please let them know about this upcoming deadline. All registration forms must be received by Friday, December 10! Looking forward to a great season of skiing ahead!

MA TEEN CHOICE BOOK AWARD: Teens across Massachusetts are invited to nominate their favorite book published in 2010 for the first Massachusetts Teen Choice Book Award. Deadline is December 31st, 2010 to nominate as many of your favorite books as you want, any genre. In January 2011, the top 5 books with the most nominations will be announced. The program is open to anyone who lives in Massachusetts and is between 12-18 years old. www.readsinma.org

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

This week on the HFVS we feature some of our favorite albums from 2010, including music by the Okee Dokee Brothers, Keller Williams, Dream Jam Band, Randy Kaplan, Sugar Free Allstars, Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke, Rani ARbo & daisy mayhem, The Not-Its!, Justin Roberts, The Verve Pipe, Charity and the JAMband, Caspar Babypants, The Sweet Colleens, Elizabeth Mitchell, and several others.

Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns | ♦ On-going Events

    Saturday, December 4th, 2010

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    7am-3pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: 2nd Annual Dickens Day stroll in Downtown. Old English breakfast, Fezziwig’s Holiday Faire, Dickens Days Open House, Fireside with Santa at the Amelia Park Ice Arena, screening of “A Christmas Carol” in the Lang Auditorium, concert, theater and more. www.westfieldonweeknds.org 562-2277 Westfield, MA (FREE)

    9-10:30am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Handmade Holiday class at MASS MoCA: Make cards & envelopes. 664-4481 x8131 http://www.massmoca.org North Adams, MA (>$)

    9am, 10:15am & 11:30am – SANTA: Breakfast with Santa Claus at Look Park. RSVP www.lookpark.org Florence, MA (>$)

    9:30-11am – ARTS & CRAFTS: Holiday Card-Making Party at the Eric Carle Museum. Space is limited. RSVP 658-1126 wwwcarlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (>$)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market at Amherst Middle School (170 Chestnut St.). Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: North Amherst Farmers’ Market happens a the Big Bule Barn at SwartzFamiy Farm (11 Meadow St.). www.northamherstmarket.com Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Youth Center will host their annual Make-It-Take-It Children’s Craft Fair with at least 12 different craft making opportunities. Santa and Rudolph arrive at 11am. 743-3550 Adams, MA (>$)

    10am-1pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Horse drawn wagon rides with Santa through Atkins Orchards. Amherst, MA (FREE)

    10am-4pm – WINTER FAIRGreen Craftmaking and Book Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in the Brassworks building (132 Main St.) off of Route 9. Kids make holiday gifts out of recycled and natural materials. Chorus performance, baked goods. 268-3421 Haydenville, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

    10am-4pm – CRAFTY RUMPUS: Greenfield Center School (71 Montague City Rd.) will again host a Crafty Rumpus with a craft fair featuring artisans from across the region offering fresh, lovely wares. There will also be free art and crafting workshops for kids, ages 3-12, savory and sweet foods, a used children’s clothing sale and free music for children. www.centerschool.net 773-1700 Greenfield, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

    10am-4pm – CRAFT SHOW: Ashfield’s 6th Annual Crafted in the Village at The Curtis House (14 South St.) Ashfield, MA (SALE)

    10am-4pm – HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The 5th Annual Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar at the Unitarian Meetinghouse (121 N Pleasant St.). Crafts and live music. 835-5163 snowflakebazaar.googlepages.com Amherst, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

    11am-12Noon – STORY TIME: Stories from Natures Garden at the Lee Library (100 Main St.). Join Anne Gannon, horticulturist with The Trustees of Reservations, for a program of stories and activities sharing the wonders of nature in all seasons. Open to ages 2-7 with caregivers (older siblings welcome!). To sign-up or for more information email rborsody@cwmars.org or call the Lee Library at 243-0385 Lee, MA (FREE)

    11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Music and more at Yuletide at Storrowton Village Museum. In addition to music, there will be sheep dog demos, ice sculpting, historic trade demos, hands-on kids crafts, animals, a Victorian Santa, caroling, and more. 205-5051 West Springfield, MA (FREE)

    11am – 8:30pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: 21st Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Sponsored by the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce, the holiday celebration offers a full range of activities, with highlights including a holiday house tours, caroling, and a holiday concert. www.stockbridgechamber.org 298-5200 Stockbridge, MA ($$)

    1pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: The Whately Library (202 Chestnut Plain Rd.) is offering the following workshop: Pop-Up Cards for the Holidays. For kids 8yo & older, local artist Jeannie Hunt will instruct families. Materials provided. Call to reg. 665-2170. Supported by the Whately Local Cultural Council. Whately, MA (FREE)

    1pm – MOVIE: Screening of Elf, starring Will Ferrell, at Images Cinema (50 Spring St.). Free screening; Part of Williamstown Holiday Walk festivities. www.imagescinema.org Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Winter nature observation with Clare Walker Leslie at the Berkshire Museum. This hands-on observation and drawing workshop for families. RSVP 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    1-4pm – FOOD HISTORY: Older students can learn the history of cookies and bake some old classics at Historic Deerfield. Registration is required. 775-7217 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA ($$)

    1-9pm – HOLIDAY WALK WEEKEND: Williamstown will be filled with holiday spirit, including holiday film, gift fair, tree showcse, new toy collection, story hour, handbell choir, reindog parade (2pm), penny social, music, Santa’s workshop, tree lighting and much more. 458-9077 www.williamstownchamber.com Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    1:30pm – KNITTING GROUP: Get-Together Knitting Bees at Norton Inn (across street from Elmer’s). Get cozy with other knitters next to a warm fire and enjoy the company and help of other knitters (all skill levels). Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    2-6pm – COOKING: The Little Cooking School will have a Bring a Parent to Cooking Class to make a holiday cookie fest. 625 2800 http://www.thelittlecookingschool.com Shelburne Falls, MA ($$)

    3pm – BALLET: East Street Dance Center students will be performing Renaissance and Baroque era dances and extracts from classical ballets at the Mead Museum. RSVP 542-2335 Amherst, MA (FREE)

    3:30-5pm – CHESS CLUB: For kids ages 7 & older is Chess Club at the Jones Library with Andy Morris-Friedman. www.joneslibrary.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

    4pm – CHANUKKAH EVENT: Puppeteer Anna Sobel presents “The Mystery of Hanukkah Harry” at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire (270 State Rd.). Join Joshua Finkelstein and his best friend Danny as they go on a quest for the identity of the mysterious Hanukkah Harry. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

    4-9pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Old Sturbridge Village hosts Christmas by Candlelight, a nostalgic look at holiday traditions, music & food. www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    4:30-6pm – SANTA: Join Mrs. Claus at Pulaski Park for the Northampton Holiday Tree Lighting. Santa will arrive by firetruck around 5pm. Songs, cookies and hot cocoa will be shared. Hamp High Chorus will sing. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    5-8pm – HAYRIDE: Hayrides through Look Park Winter Wonderland light display. www.lookpark.org Florence, MA (>$)

    5:30pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Caroling on the Green next to the Historical Society building. Horse-drawn hay rides. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    6-10pm – ZYDECO DANCE PARTY: Seeds of Solidarity Youth Programs will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit Seeds of Solidarity’s youth garden programs In the Town Hall. with an evening Zydeco Dance Party. Cajun food. Zydeco dance lessons. And much more. 978-544-9023 http://www.seedsofsolidarity.org Orange, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    7pm – KIDS’ DANCE: Kids’ Dance Party at the Cummington Community House. Live music with Radio Free Earth. Dance Scores led by Maureen Shea. Snacks. radiofreeearth.com Cummington, MA (>$)

    7pm – CHILDREN’S THEATER: Starlight’s Youth Theatre presents one acts of “Anne Frank,” and “The Rememberer” at the Maple Ridge Community Center ( 659 Amherst Rd.). starlightyouththeatre.com 533-7896 Sunderland, MA (FREE)

    7pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT: Christmas Sing-Along with Mary Verdi & Friends at the Colonial Theater. Bring the whole family and ring in the Yuletide season with this old-fashioned Christmas sing-along celebration. This joyous performance features local favorite, Mary Verdi, along with some of the best musicians in the Berkshires and the most beloved songs of the season. www.thecolonialtheater.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

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    Eco-Friendly Holiday’s (Web Reviews)

    Eco-Friendly Holiday’s (Web Reviews)

    Hanukkah: Let There Be (Renewable) Light: A New Look at Hanukkah

    This site considers “the connection between Hanukkah [Festival of Lights], energy use, and the environment,” and provides “holiday tips and resources for families, schools, and congregations to infuse Hanukkah celebrations with additional meaning,” and “tips for what you can do save energy in your congregation/school and at home.” Includes a “CFL installation ceremony,” an essay about the meaning of the darkness of winter, and more. From the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL).

    FamilyFun: Have a Happy Green Holiday

    Collection of children’s craft activities for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve that “give a gift to Mother Earth … [by turning] holiday and household surplus into festive decorations and eco-friendly packaging.” Includes instructions for a bubble packaging advent calendar, new uses for old greeting cards, fabric wrapping (inspired by Japanese furoshiki), and more. From FamilyFun magazine.

    Eco-Friendly Kwanzaa

    Craft ideas for making your own Kwanzaa celebration supplies. Includes instructions for making a Kwanzaa candle holder and mat. Also describes how to create other Kwanzaa symbols. From Care2, an activist organization.


    Source: Librarians’ Internet Index, http://www.lii.org

    Web Review: The Online Menorah

    The Online Menorah

    CCL (c) HeatherIntroduction to the meaning of Hanukkah and the Hanukkah menorah. Features background about why Hanukkah is celebrated, the basic rules associated with the use of the menorah (what one may use to light the candles, and how one lights the candles), and audio, with English translations, of three blessings that are recited when the candles are lit. Also includes links to more detailed material about Hanukkah. From a Jewish outreach and education group. [(c) LII.org] www.torah.org/chanukah.html

    Chanukkah E-Card

    The National Yiddish Book Center has cooked up some e-cards, featuring images from Yiddish books in their impressive collection. Send a free e-card to your friends and family for with your own personal message for the holiday. They are offering three different designs:

    • Chanukka Menorah
    • Cooking Latkes
    • Dreydl

    The National Yiddish Book Center is located in Amherst, MA. www.yiddishbookcenter.org/e-chanukka

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