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'Elf on the Shelf' gets some competition

'Maccabee on the Mantel' teaches children the meaning of Hanukkah.
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"Maccabee on the Mantel" retails for $35.

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The excitement of Santa, his elves and the presents they make at the North Pole can be pretty all consuming this time of year. Not that gift giving and holiday movies are bad, but trying to get kids to remember the true meaning of the holidays can be met with an eye-roll.

Pre-school temple instructor and mother of two Abra Liberman-Garrett is attempting to change all that with her "Maccabee on the Mantel" doll, who comes with a storybook that teaches children about the origins of Hanukkah.

"Hanukkah is a really cool holiday. The story is about facing insurmountable odds, fighting for your rights and believing in yourself," Linberman-Garrett says in a press release.

Unlike "Elf on the Shelf," kids can touch the "Maccabee on the Mantel" doll and even sleep with it, as he does not get into mischief during the night, unlike the elf. In fact, snuggling and taking care of the doll is said to make him stronger. It also does not report bad behavior if a kid is acting up. Your Hanukkah presents are safe, kids!

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For more information, head to maccabeeonthemantel.com.

 
 
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