styling – a tale of two faiths

A couple of months ago I had the privilege to work on this story for Today’s Parent about how multi-faith families celebrate the holidays at this time of year. With Hanukkah right around the corner I thought it would be a good time to share it!

Nothing says Christmas and Hanukkah like a snowflake wreath with dreidels! This amazing craft and the others throughout the piece are by a woman named Steph Hung who worked at Martha Stewart Living in the Craft Department. I peppered her with questions about what it was like to work there, if she ever met Martha, and what Martha’s expectations were for each shoot. It was fascinating! If you’d like to learn how to make this wreath you can check out the DIY over at Today’s Parent.

My fireplace! Yes you guessed it they shot the story at our house which made for some easier styling for me. It also took out one huge component of styling which you could call “schlepping”. So much schlepping is involved when you style a shoot. (By the way, if you pick up the December issue of Today’s Parent you might recognize the front cover as well. Also shot at our house with a real Christmas tree I chopped down by myself – very proud of that fact!)

The lighting of the menorah is an integral part of Hanukkah. If you would like to learn how to make this modern version you can follow Steph’s easy DIY tips over at Today’s Parent.

These traditional Christmas crackers blend the two holidays perfectly when filled with Gelt. We chose a colour scheme of orange, blue, silver and shimmery accents for this shoot but you could use a combination of any colours. The DIY for this craft is also over at Today’s Parent.

Do any of you celebrate blended holiday’s at this time of year? Do you have certain traditions you keep and others you let fade away to make room for the new ones? I’d love to hear!

Photography – James Tse
Art Director – Alicia Kowalewski
Crafts – Steph Hung


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  1. Posted December 5, 2012 at 4:21 PM | Permalink

    Very nice color palette and beautiful colors!

  2. Agnes
    Posted December 8, 2012 at 2:37 AM | Permalink

    I don’t know . . . as a Jew (non-religious) this doesn’t jive well with me. Dredels on a wreath? Hm, no thanks. Hanukah is not about immitating Xmas with lots of decoratiions and consumerism. It’s a different animal all together. I have nothing against Xmas decorations but please leave Hanuah out of it. It’s a quiet little holiday, believe it or not.

  3. Mike
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM | Permalink


    From one jew to another – I also wouldn’t hang dreidels that way.. But the post is about households that share two faiths and trying to find stylish ways to combine their traditions! Which IMHO has been tastefully done.

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