Get in the holiday spirit with some good books – Manistee News Advocate
MANISTEE — The Manistee County Library celebrates the winter holidays with books.
One of the ways the library does that is to share new titles and revisit old favorites, start new traditions or learn about other cultures.
• The title “My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories” is an audiobook that shares romantic stories over the winter
solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas.
• “Holiday Baking: New and Traditional Recipes for Wintertime Holidays by Leigh Beisch offers lovely treats for these holidays. Children can enjoy discovering the festivals and celebrations while reading “Miss Holly is too Jolly” by Dan Gutman.
Hanukkah was celebrated from Nov. 28 through Dec. 6 this year. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the Jewish festival celebrates the victory of a small group known as the Maccabees, who succeeded in defeating the much larger Syrian Army.
To celebrate, a menorah was lit using the one-day supply of oil. A miracle occurred when the menorah lasted for eight days.
• “The Hanukkah Mice” by Kevin Kroll finds a mouse family enjoying the Hanukkah gift received by a young girl. Small gifts that appear each night make the holiday more festive until the eighth night when a surprise for the mouse family allows them to celebrate Hanukkah.
• “The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol” by Arthur A. Levine combines the giving spirit of Hanukkah and Christmas with a holiday champion who allows families the ability to share what little they may have over the festival season.
• Adults may enjoy “The Matzah Ball” by Jean Meltzer featuring a Jewish girl who secretly loves Christmas. After successfully hiding her career writing Christmas romance novels from her family, her publisher requests that she write a Hanukkah romance. Unable to find inspiration for this assignment, Rachel decides to attend the Matzah Ball on the last night of Hanukkah and discovers more than she bargained for.
Kwanzaa will be celebrated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. This holiday festival celebrates African American families, their history, unity, and creativity. Each day of the festival focuses on a different principle. On the final day of the celebration, a feast is held.
• “Kwanzaa Kids” by Joan Holub teaches children the importance of this holiday.
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