Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf by Greg Wolfe

Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf by Greg Wolfe

Shmelf is one of Santa's new elves, and his job is to check the "naughty or nice" list twice before Christmas Eve. He notices that there are quite a few children on the list who have been good but are not receiving gifts under the tree.

Shmelf then discovers that these children are Jewish and do not celebrate Christmas, but Hanukkah—an eight night celebration filled with menorahs and dreidels.

Shmelf loves everything about Hanukkah—the tiny candles on the gold menorahs; the chocolate gelts; latkes in frying pans; and most of all, gifts for the eight nights Hanukkah is celebrated!

Shmelf knows Hanukkah is totally awesome when he hears the story of the brave Maccabees and their temple's oil that was only supposed to last one more night. But once the oil was lit, it lasted eight whole days and nights! "Hey, now I get it!" Shmelf says.

Once Shmelf expresses his interest in bringing Jewish boys and girls magic each night of the special celebration, Santa assigns him a special task—Shmelf will bring the joy every night of Hanukkah! With the help of a Jewish reindeer named Asher, Shmelf will make sure your latkes are crispy and thin, your menorahs burn brighter, and your dreidels win!

Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf is written by Greg Wolfe, who grew up in a Jewish family, but still believes the magic of Christmas. He wrote Shmelf's story for his son, to show that Santa believes in him, too. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas, this book is a wonderful way to help your children understand the differences, and, most importantly, the similarities between the two winter holidays.