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So Long Target Hanukkah Aisle, #1250


When I lived in Los Angeles, Hanukkah greeted you everywhere that you went – in the drugs stores, the department stores, in the grocery stores.  With the second largest Jewish population in the country, it is no wonder that there was a consumer market for Hanukkah.

After a decade of living in a large city, however, my husband and I decided to live a simpler life in Arizona.  Suddenly, I really felt how much of a minority it was to be Jewish, and Hanukkah time really delivered that blow.  I remember going from store to store searching out Hanukkah wrapping paper in my procrastination night-before-Hanukkah frenzy.  The synagogue gift shops were closed. Bed Bath and Beyond (the one store with a tiny Hanukkah display) had run out of all the Hanukkah wrapping paper.  I was stuck with ordinary plain Jane blue paper.  Sorry kids.  Oh well, at least they were young, and it probably didn’t really matter to them.

It mattered to me though!  I wanted Hanukkah to feel festive.  Finally, a couple of years ago, something magical happened.  I walked into Target, and I saw this…


Wow!  An entire aisle devoted to Hanukkah!  In Tucson, AZ!  I was in 7th heaven.  I ran into the Rabbi’s wife in that aisle stocking up, and we giggled like kids in a candy store.  What a joy it was so have such a selection.

So, yesterday….again procrastinating (Hanukkah starts tomorrow), I went back to my trustworthy Target, and began to search for my beloved Hanukkah aisle.  Where was it?  Rows and rows of Christmas, and absolutely nothing in the friendly blue, white and silver.

And then, just as I was heading up to the cashier, I saw it….the Hanukkah display.  My heart dropped into my stomach a bit.  This is what Hanukkah had become at Target in 2015….


A lousy end cap.  That’s what we were reduced to.  I get it….we’re the minority, and perhaps there just weren’t enough people buying Hanukkah items to warrant a whole aisle.  After losing the awesome Kosher section at our local Safeway grocery store this year, however, and now this….I’m truly sad.  I’m feeling overlooked, and it is really disappointing.

I’ve got my candles.  I’ve got my wrapping paper.  I’ve got my gelt.  I am ready to go with Hanukkah, but the Target end cap made me really sad.  I don’t just want to have a dreidel….I want to choose from a selection of them.  I want a variety of choices to decorate with, and I want to feel festive at this time of the year and add to a whole world of holiday joy.  And….I want to do it by outwardly celebrating MY holiday.

So, my song of the day is Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song.  He’s created some updated versions of this song, but I’m going back to the original.  What I love about his Hanukkah song is that he brought Hanukkah to the mainstream and reminded us that there are Jews all around us who celebrate the holiday season the Hanukkah way.  So, Happy Hanukkah everyone.  I hope you find it to be festive!


Chanukah Song, #849


Happy Thanksgiving, Tucson Songstress Friends!

I am so very grateful for all of the people who read my blog.  It still boggles my mind that people really are interested in what I write about.  So, big hugs and thank yous.  I love this blog so much, and it would not be nearly as successful as it is without the interactions that I have with all of you. xo

That said, it is nearly impossible for me to write today’s blog without talking about this new hybrid holiday that has strangely occurred this year.  Not only is it Thanksgiving, but it is also the 1st day of Hanukkah, and hence….a new holiday, Thanksgivukkah, has been born.

What I love most about this blend of the two holidays is all of the traditions that my family has spent a life time establishing, which are now being blended together.  My family actually celebrated Thanksgiving on Monday.  We had out-of-town relatives here for a big birthday bash, and it seemed right to share the holiday with them.  We even prematurely lit a Hanukkah candle just to celebrate both holidays with our loved ones.


The Hanukkah traditions began yesterday with our annual Menorah lighting at the JCC.  My husband and I lead the singing and lighting every year, and it’s become a big part of our holiday.  I can’t imagine a Hanukkah season without it.

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Today, we’re headed over to my parent’s house to really share Hanukkah together.  This season is so much fun, and we are so excited for all of the fun ahead!!!!

Hanukkah wouldn’t be the same without Adam Sandler. (Another tradition)  So, click HERE to hear his very fun “Chanukah Song,” which I am using as my song of the day.  May it make you smile with laughter that adds to a very Happy Thanksgivukkah!  Gabble tov, y’all! (Good Gobble)

Call me Mavy, #456


There is a lot to be said for customer service, and yesterday, we saw the high and the low of it.  First I’ll tell you about the high.

One of my husband’s many job responsibilities includes overseeing an after school program.  Because he runs school days out and camp programs, as well, he’s made some pretty good contacts around town for kid’s activities.  One of his movie contacts called him and was trying to promote an advanced screening for the new Adam Sandler animated film, Hotel Transylvania.  He brought prizes in for the kids and handed out free movie passes.  I believe the concept is that the movie promoters hope we’ll talk up the movie and get our friends around our communities excited about seeing it.  My husband’s contact was so helpful, and all the kids in the after school program loved getting the freebies.  This guy gets an A+ in customer service.

Ok….now for the low of it.

We were excited about seeing the film especially because it doesn’t even come out for another week.  Our excitement was building as they handed us the 3D glasses, and with funny man Adam Sandler at the helm, this was a sure fire winner.  As we got to the entrance of the theatre, however, there was a man at a table with brown paper lunch bags and rolls of tickets.  They were asking all the attendees to check our cell phones.  I believe this was in fear that we would bootleg the movie and put it up on Youtube.  Whatever the case, there is a way to go about handling situations like this, and the employee (He didn’t work for the theatre.  He was employed by the movie promotions company) was a rude and angry man who should have never been in a position of authority.  My husband politely said as he handed over his phone, “Boy…I hope we don’t have any emergencies.”  Mr. Meanie responded curtly, “Well, you don’t have to see the film if you don’t like it.”  With my easier-to-charm-a-bee-with-honey attitude I said, “He just means that if our home alarm goes off or something of that kind, there will be no way to contact us.”  Instead of an apology and explanation as to why they are required to take the phones, this yucky man said, “Look, if you don’t want to give it to me, go put it in your car or don’t watch the film.”  Sheesh….this guys needs lessons in politeness and social skills!  F grade in customer service!

We quickly found our seats, and before the movie started, we felt bad.  It’s amazing how one individual can ruin an experience.  He took away part of our excitement, and his crankiness rubbed off.  That is the problem when people don’t deliver their words with kindness.  They don’t realize it, but their attitudes are contagious.

As the movie started and we settled back into our comfy chairs, we drifted away into the charming story of Hotel Transylvania.  It is adorable, and I know it will do well in theatres.  It has a very Despicable Me me flavor to it, but it is a perfect Halloween season movie.  It’s not too scary for your little ones either.  They did a great job of keeping it age appropriate, and I do recommend it for a fun time.

To give you all a little taste of this upcoming hit, my song today is “Call Me Mavy,” which of course, is the film’s parody on “Call Me Maybe.”  I was hoping to find another song used in the closing scene of the movie, but it is not available yet on Youtube.  The other song is better than this one, but still, it will give you all a glimpse of this cute film.  Click HERE to go to Youtube and to watch this musical scene from Hotel Transylvania.

It is too bad how that one bad person is the focus of this blog.  All the elements of a great time were set up….friendly promoter, great prizes, free tickets, advance film, 3D, and a very cute movie that I am happy to recommend.  My point: words and the delivery of them can have a big impact.  Watch what you say both professionally and in all you do, and any kindness you put out will come right back to you.

The Hanukkah Song, #170


Okay folks…it’s time to break out the bad boy of the Hanukkah season! I’ve begun teaching Hanukkah songs, and I just needed to hear Adam Sandler sing “The Hanukkah Song” this morning. It never ceases to make me laugh, and I have this little revelation when I have to Youtube it every year.

A year ago, Adam Sandler came to my Temple for Yom Kippur High Holy Day services. Seeing celebritites when I lived in LA was no big deal, but to have Adam Sandler at my Temple in Tucson, AZ was so exciting. The nicest part about him is that he spent time with the kids at the Temple. He was wearing a Tallis and a Kippah, and when my daughter innocently asked who he was, he responded, “I’m a Rabbi!” Hilarious!

Ends up he has relatives in Tucson, which is why he was here. So, please, Adam Sandler….I’m making an appeal. Come back to Tucson for Hanukkah! We want to hear your Hanukkah song live!

It’s finally cold and rainy in Tucson. I’ll be sipping my Chai tea and cuddling up in a cozy sweater listening to the “Hanukkah Song” all day long. Have a great day and stay warm!

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