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In a rare occurrence, Christmas Eve and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day this year. Perhaps these two religious events coinciding is a signal that the world can be a more united place in 2017.
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While enjoying a wholesome meal together is surely a worthy goal, family meal campaigners don't always acknowledge the work that goes into this achievement: the time demands, parenting challenges and financial burdens required to put good food on the table. These pressures exist daily, but for many of us-particularly women-- they come to a head during holidays.
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I love, love, love the holiday season, but I do not enjoy all the additional stuff it brings into my home. If you're looking to spread the holiday cheer without adding clutter, you're going to need a strategy to deal with all of those things without your home looking like a department store.
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Whether your family, friends, or co-workers are into healthy eating, gastronomy, entertaining, or fine wine, here are my top picks for presents that will have them impressed and awed by your thoughtfulness.
The holiday season is fast approaching, and if you are like me, it's hard to find the right gift for the right people. Growing up Jewish I never felt the excitement of waking up on Christmas day to heeps of colourful presents sitting under a big green tree. Instead, while Santa flew past my house, I endured eight days of singing infront of a candle lit Menorah with the family eating kosher food and missing a day or two of school.
Why does it feel like even before the tinsel's been removed from the tree or the wax has melted from the Menorah, we are bombarded with messages from TV talk shows telling us it's time to repent for everything we've eaten or had to drink during the holidays? Here are a few common mistakes we make post-holiday season.
Phil, like most Jewish men, myself included, not very handy with tools. Not very good with manual stuff. Our hands were for playing the violin, ball hockey, golf and tennis. Not for cutting down trees. Luckily, Phil was able to retain some red flannel-shirt wearing, tattooed, woodsman, or woods person, on staff, to cut down Phil's tree and mount it on his Hyundai.
My mom would make Latkes once during the eight days of Hanukkah and she would schedule it on the calendar so that she was fully prepared. When I would wear my coat the next day to school my locker, my hair, my book-bag and me would smell like these potato pancakes. I was basically a walking latke.