Archive for December, 2010

For the Jews of Fairfield County, Christmas is AOK

When I was growing up in Stamford, CT back in the 60’s I really disliked Christmas. Most of my friends were Catholic or Protestant. Christmas was THEIR big day for presents and family and MY big day for feeling sad and left out. Making it worse, everything was closed–even movies, as I remember– so there was really nothing to do. I would pine away for the next day so we could go “back to normal.”

Seems like those days are way in the past. Christmas has become the day for Jews in the ‘burbs to enjoy. We have Chinese food, movies, and invitations to Christmas celebrations. Last night, for Christmas Eve our immediate and extended family gathered at a Chinese restaurant in New Canaan and then walked 2 storefronts over to see True Grit. I truly believe that the Jewish directors (Joel and Ethan Coen) and one of the Jewish executive producers (Steven Speilberg) made sure this terrific movie was available to all of us for Christmas. Thanks guys!! My son Sam, did a scientific survey and has concluded that 1) everyone in the restaurant went to same movie as us and 2) that they were all Jewish. You can read his blog post about it. Frankly, I’m not sure I agree with him especially given the demographic makeup of New Canaan.

Today, Christmas day, I am having a great, relaxing day of eating and cooking. Later, we’ll be sharing Christmas dinner with our friends George and Elaine, with whom we share a close cross cultural friendship. They are part of our extended family and have come to appreciate our favorite Jewish traditions while we love their Russian orthodox/Italian/Polish/Catholic ones. My mother is bringing Elaine’s favorite: brisket. Christmas brisket–how perfectly 2010.

Being Jewish here in the ‘burbs of NYC is actually aok.

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Attention Christmas Shoppers–Get Your Jewish Baked Goods Baskets Here!

Oy, here at Challah Connection, we just love to give our customers a deal on our fabulous kosher gift baskets and now is the time to get one. We generously gave away 10% off merchandise to all of our Hanukkah shoppers who ordered by 12/5 and we were thrilled with all of our new customers who found us through our first-ever catalog. Thank you catalog shoppers!!

Now with Christmas and Chrismukkah upon us, we are thrilled to offer more deals on our scrumptions Christmas gift baskets and Chrismukkah gifts. (For those of you who may not realize, “Jewish” baked goods are very popular and appreciated on Christmas. Of course, this gives us a big-time kvell–Yiddish for pride.) Here’s the deal:

-For online orders $75 and above: Free Ground Shipping and 5% off your order (shipping not included). Use key code: MIRACLE or Click to shop. offer expires 12/19/10

-For online orders $30-$74.99: 5% off your order (shipping not included). Use key code: HI5 or Click to shop. offer expires 12/31/10

For phone orders $75 and above: Free Ground Shipping. Call us at 866-242-5524 to order. offer expires 12/31/10

Happy Holidays–Hanukkah, Christmas, Chrismukkah and any other that you celebrate. We wish you peace and happiness for the holidays–and always.

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