Posted: Aug 22, 2012 7:00 AM
With Rosh Hashanah right around the corner, celebrity mom Tori Spelling reflects on interfaith holidays and discusses teaching kids about different religions, heritages and traditions.

When you marry someone who is of a different faith or heritage, it provides some challenges (and some fun opportunities) when it comes to kids and the holidays.

For me, interfaith holidays are nothing new. My mother is Jewish, and my father who passed was Jewish, as well. However, they wanted us to celebrate and experience the tradition of all holidays, so growing up we celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas. It can be difficult if you are non-practicing or you haven't yet introduced your kids to the different aspects of your religion or background. Liam and Stella are just beginning to learn about what being Jewish even means. The holidays provide an opportunity to teach kids about your family's (and the world's) religions.

Tori Spelling Liam and StellaMake it fun

We love decorating for the holidays, singing Christmas carols and doing all the fun things that surround the holiday season. It's important to make the holidays a fun time for your family. No matter your faith, holidays are a time for families to come together and enjoy each other. Seek out community activities geared toward the holidays -- plays, pageants, concerts and other events.

Read about it

When kids are young, you can introduce them to different religious holidays through reading. Find age-appropriate books that talk about the religious diversity around the world -- even religions that aren't represented or practiced in your own family. Talk about the common themes that run through most faiths: treating people kindly, working toward peace, caring for those around us and doing what's right.

Create holiday crafts

Crafting is great for bonding with your kids and it's a whole lot of fun. During the holidays you can make so many types of crafts -- from Christmas ornaments to paper dreidels to gingerbread houses.

Leave ME a comment^ When did you start talking to your kids about religion, heritage and the different holidays?

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Article photo courtesy of Tori Spelling

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