A friend told me yesterday her son's elementary class did a song and presentation about Hanukkah for their holiday concert this month.
So we're thinking: Inclusive! Multicultural! Lovely! Right? Wrong. None of the kids knew what the festival is about, when it starts, or even which faith marks the holiday.
But it's cool; momstown and our fantastic partners in publishing can fill those gaps in your kid's — and possibly your? — knowledge.
Start with Today's Parent's quick-click guide to 15 informative, FUN books about the eight-day Jewish holiday.
Or, if you want to keep the little hands busy instead of snuggling down for a read, try their Hanukkah crafts.
For those who love to host (er, how do you keep your home so clean?): Share the comical delights of raising a kid in a cosmopolitan, multicultural mosaic. Today's Parent writer Mireille Silcoff casts about for ways to muster enough Jewish people to actually throw a Hanukkah party.
Need a hip (hop) present to mark the season? Consider the Dr. Dre-idel. We're not even kidding; look, it's on CBC!
. . . And, if you're starting to feel like you're an expert, here's a reality check from CBC Kids: How much do you really know about the holidays Canadians celebrate? A charming reminder that this is a nation of many beliefs and a glorious mix of celebrations.