Tuesday, December 20

The festival of lights

Tonight I'm off to New York City to learn about Hanukkah, but I'll let my friend Rebecca Rubin tell her story.

Rebecca is a girl growing up in New York City in 1914, who celebrates treasured traditions passed down through her Russian-Jewish family. With a little creativity, Rebecca learns how to stay true to her heart as she follows her dreams in the big city.

Rebecca is troubled when her teacher assigns her class to make Christmas decorations. Rebecca's family is Jewish and doesn't celebrate Christmas, but her teacher says Christmas is a national holiday, for all Americans to celebrate. Yet Rebecca knows she's as American as anyone else, even without celebrating Christmas! She wants to please her teacher, but she's sure her family will be upset. Then, on the first night of Hanukkah, Rebecca finds kindness in an unexpected place, and learns the real meaning of the holiday season. 

Rebecca can't wait to light the menorah and celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights! This set features:
  • A beautiful menorah and nine pretend candles
  • A dreidel Rebecca and her cousins spin to play games
  • Three shiny coins, called gelt
(Hanukkah begins at sunset on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, and ends at sunset on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.

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