Title: Happy Hanukkah Swan Author: imhookedonaswan
Source: Once Upon a Time Character(s): Emma S. & Killian Jones
Rating: K Genre(s): Humor / Romance
Chapter(s): 1 Status: Complete
Author’s Synopsis: The Charmings discover that Killian is Jewish and decide to surprise him with a Hanukkah dinner.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am your reviewing host, the Fan Fic Reviewer; here to review the good, the bad, and those that should never exist in fan fiction. Here’s my second Hanukkah story review for today. I seem to have saved the better one for last.
The synopsis is spot on, the story is about the Charmings finding out that Killian is actually Jewish and decide to surprise him with a Hanukkah dinner for the first night of Hanukkah. It’s actually a sweet story because it’s not just Emma and Killian celebrating, but the Charming family, Killian, and Belle. This is obviously not meant to be a romantic evening but one that celebrates family and acceptance.
See, it starts with Henry asking if there were any holiday traditions in the Enchanted Forest. David and Snow give the standard answer of Winter Solstice but Killian mentions the Light Festival. After further explanation, it is revealed that the Light Festival that Killian celebrated is Hanukkah. Snow and David have never interacted with someone who’s Jewish, so they are unfamiliar with the holiday traditions. In an effort to show Killian he’s a member of the family and to expose themselves to new traditions, Snow offers to make a Hanukkah dinner for Killian.
I actually think this is a better Hanukkah story than the Danny Phantom one because it’s not just a group of people gathering for the first night of Hanukkah. Instead, there are two characters (David and Snow) actively learning the traditions of an unfamiliar holiday and just diving in with guidance from Emma and Henry. Killian going through the process of lighting the candles (shamus and first candle), the songs, and prayers is touching. Sure the story doesn’t include the actual prayers or song lyrics, but the writing makes it just as effective.
The best part about this story is that it builds on from the series. When Killian is explaining how Jewish traditions ended up across the realms, it’s something that fits the world of Once Upon a Time. It matches the history of Judaism in that 10 tribes were expelled from the Holy Land but adds in the fantastical element of the tribes being given a portal to another world where they could practice in peace. It’s a concise explanation that doesn’t require further explanation.
In the end, if anyone is looking for a Hanukkah fan fic for this holiday season, I would recommend Happy Hanukkah Swan. I would definitely recommend it more than the Danny Phantom story because this one tries to build up a story of understanding and family around Hanukkah; instead of going through the motions.
Stars: 8 / 10