My friend Erica was babbling into the phone. Something about evil and December and a plot to drive people crazy.
“Erica,” I said. “How many cups of coffee have you had today?”
“Four, but that’s not the point.”
“Okay…well, why did you just say that you loathe the month of December?”
“Because…between my family, and my in-laws, and my office, and my husband’s office, and my kids’ and their friends, and my friends…I just got out a calculator and realized that I have to purchase 64 gifts for Hanukkah this year.”
“Wow. Well, you don’t have to get really expensive stuff.”
“That’s only one issue. It’s the combing of websites, it’s the clicking through order forms. And then I finally order it, and the company wraps it in Christmas paper. That’s why I’m calling you. I thought, well, maybe I’ll just ask Challah Connection to send out 64 chocolate babkas. Or 64 blue and white cookies.”
“Erica, we could do 64 babkas, 64 Hanukkah Candy Platters, whatever you want,” I said. “But don’t you want your gifts to be…you know…unique as the people you’re giving them to?”
“That’s too much to hope for. Isn’t it?”
“You have such a service?”
“It’s a Chanukah miracle.”
“It’s just something Sherry and I thought of to help busy people–like us.”
“But I really only need to do 3 nights for my sister’s kids.”
“How about “A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking” wrapped and shipped for the first night?”
“She’ll love that.”
It was music to my ears.
Here’s to a stress-free Hanukkah!