By Janet Simons
Hanukkah has been over for a few days, and although the holiday hangover isn’t nearly as bad as post-Christmas blues, you’re still wondering what to do with that bowl of leftover latke batter, a freezer full of potato pancakes and that ornate heirloom oil hanukkiah that never stayed lit. And you better get hopping if you’re going to get your cards out in time for Christmas and Kwanzaa.
Good thing you landed here, because we’ve explored and found some great deals that can solve all your problems.
First, let’s tackle those leftover potato pancakes. If you don’t know what you want to eat, you need a site that will tell you, and that’s WJWE -What Jew Wanna Eat. This haimish site’s “10 Awesome Hanukkah recipes (plus one for good luck)” includes latke-centered recipes for everything from breakfast (Potato Latkes Eggs Benedict) to fancy-schmancy dinner party desserts like Coconut Latkes with Cranberry Applesauce and Cardamom Mascarpone.
Now let’s figure out how you’re going to be able to afford all the decorations and party favors for your daughter’s impending Bat Mitzvah. That’s a cinch if you shop carefully at the Hanukkah Party Shop at ModernTribe.com. Clearance merchandise is reduced by up to 50% through New Year’s Eve. Although there’s a fair share of menorahs, the site also features lots of generically Jewish decorations, including some Star of David paper lanterns that were featured in the LA Times.
And while you’re shopping for great Hanukkah clearance deals, don’t miss the East Side Kosher Deli, where all Hanukkah merchandise is 20% off through Dec. 26. We personally used that 20% discount to stock up on sets of 44 pre-filled gelled olive oil cups for next year. Once you try them, you’ll never go back to candles. And they might even work in that heirloom hanukkiah.
Now for the greeting cards. You know the drill. You spend so much time shopping, decorating, cooking and entertaining for Hanukkah that you forget that Christmas and Kwanzaa are rapidly approaching. And suddenly, here it is, December 19, and you still don’t have cards for those other two significant winter solstice holidays.
Let’s hope your non-Jewish friends know you well enough by now to anticipate that their holiday cards might not arrive until January. This will be the last year that happens, because you’re about to discover Gingerbread Wishes greeting cards from the Cardstore.com site. The cards cover Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa with equal cheer and dignity and offer customizable interiors. That means that you get to determine the layout of the inside of the card and add a photo, a personal message and a signature. So if you happen to be reading this after the Dec. 20 deadline for Christmas delivery, you can relax. They’ll still be good next holiday season, no matter which holiday your friends celebrate. And if you can manage to get your order in before Christmas, you can still take advantage of a 50% discount on all holiday cards ordered by Dec. 25.
And, finally, be sure to check out the Judaica on the Lenox Coupons and Promo Codes site. There are few opportunities in this world to get a gorgeous crystal menorah valued at $235 for just $99.95 — a savings of 70%. But you might be able to do it if you act quickly, because this deal won’t last long. And be sure to check out all the holiday merchandise on the Lenox site. Chanukah clearance season is a great time to stock up on gifts for future holidays and other simchas.