DUXBURY, Mass., - As a Jewish man who married into Christian family Dr. Jeff Geller celebrates both Chanukah and Christmas with his family. However, as a doctor, some of those Christmases are spent at work. Hershel the Jewish Reindeer is based on Geller's personal story of sacrificing a night off from work so that others may celebrate their holiday traditions.
"As a doctor, I often worked Christmas so that my Christian colleagues could spend it with their families," said Geller. "My kids started asking why, so I naturally started making up stories to explain and they became a tradition. Herschel is one of them."
In this beautifully illustrated story, the traditional eight flying reindeer are joined by a multidenominational group with a variety of traditions represented by characters such as gnomes, elves and the tooth fairy. No one individual, tradition or value stronger than the other, together they make an impact.
Geller adds, "This story helps readers understand and embrace the many different cultures and traditions out there. It shows that whatever the beliefs or culture may be, we are connected by the holiday cheer that brings compassion, camaraderie and respect."
Hershel the Jewish Reindeer can be purchased through SDP Publishing and at all major bookstores, including online retailers Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Learn more at www.gellerbooks.com.
About the Author: Jeff Geller, MD is a family doctor who has been in practice for over 20 years. He specializes in working with group medical visits. During these visits he sees many people at the same time and helps them support one another so they'll feel less lonely. In fact, helping different people get along is at the core of what he does. His family has always celebrated both Christmas and Chanukah and as their children grew, Jeff and his wife had to explain the complicated religious rituals of both families. Storytelling became his favorite way to answer their endless questions.