MixedBlessing®’s Blintzes for Blitzen Celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas
Raleigh, NC, November 1, 2010— For this 2010 holiday season, MixedBlessing, Inc., a leading producer of interfaith and multicultural holiday greeting cards, is introducing a children’s book, Blintzes For Blitzen. Written by Elise and Philip Okrend, owners of MixedBlessing, and illustrated by Alice Io Oglesby, this delightful tale of Christmas and Hanukkah tells the story of Blitzen, Santa’s curious and hungry reindeer who wanders off from Santa and the other reindeer one Christmas Eve. Blitzen unexpectedly finds himself celebrating Hanukkah with Bernie the Deli owner and his family, renowned throughout town for their delicious, mouthwatering blintzes. Blitzen also shares the story of Christmas with the Jewish family, and the two holiday celebrations magically come together with stories, songs and great-tasting food. The book is a wonderful story that teaches children to understand how Christmas and Hanukkah can coexist with respect and joy. Bernie’s famous blintzes recipe is included for the reader.
MixedBlessing has been producing cards and products for interfaith families for almost 20 years. The company was the first to offer a full line of holiday cards that acknowledges more than one religion and is suitable for Jewish-Christian families. “Interfaith families love MixedBlessing cards because they reflect the way they live and the way they spend the holidays,” says Elise Okrend.
With over 50 percent of Jews marrying outside the faith, interfaith marriage is not just a passing trend, and has become mainstream in American life. This is evident by the recent interfaith marriage of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky whose high profile weddingwas officiated by both a rabbi and a minister. Even though interfaith marriage is more accepted, the issues around religious differences can still be difficult especially around the holidays, and even more so when children are involved. MixedBlessing’s mission has been to make interfaith couples and families feel acknowledged and respected. Blintzes for Blitzen and MixedBlessing cards can help lessen holiday anxiety for interfaith families by expressing how the two holiday celebrations can be joined together in a spirit of diversity and inclusiveness.
Praise For Blintzes for Blitzen:
“Full of respect and information, it is a worthwhile teaching tool for all children.”
—Deborah Zink Roffino, South Florida Parenting
“Blintzes For Blitzen tells the sweet tale of Santa’s hungriest reindeer…Full of respect and information, it is a worthwhile teaching tool for all children.”—South Florida Parenting
“Blintzes For Blitzen reassures your child that the holiday season is meant to be shared by people of all faiths. ” —Child Magazine
“This is a unique fable blending Christmas and Hanukkah traditions.” —Family Circle Tips-Best Holiday Gifts For Kids
About the Authors
Elise and Philip Okrend, the authors of Blintzes For Blitzen are the founders of MixedBlessing, a well-known company that produces holiday greeting cards and related products for people who celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas and for people who want to celebrate diversity and peace.
MixedBlessing greeting cards and other items such as mugs, multicultural cards, music, interfaith stockings and books are available online at www.mixedblessing.com. Catalogs are available by calling 1-800-947-4004. Card art is available in your publication with permission.
Elise and Philip Okrend are available for interviews. 919-847-7944