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Nothing Says Happy Chanukah…

Friday, 18 December 2009
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Like a carbon monoxide detector.

So last night, I was listening to Neal Conan interview Amy Dickinson, of “Ask Amy” fame, about the worst gifts people have ever received for Christmas. Some of the gifts were shocking. Sometimes funny-shocking. And sometimes sad-shocking.

What would “Ask Amy” say about a carbon monoxide detector? Would her reaction be the same as it was to the guy who wrote in about his father who once gave his mother snow-chains for her car?

CONAN: Here’s an email from Steve(ph) in Beaver Dam, Arizona. In the early 1960s, my father put a set of tire chains for the family car under the Christmas tree as a gift for my mother. It was not well-received.

Ms. DICKINSON: Oh, boy.

CONAN: Yeah.

Ms. DICKINSON: I tell you, that is one Christmas morning – I can still – I can feel it. I feel for that whole family. And look, he was just…

CONAN: You have to wonder who was wearing the chains at the end of the day.

Maybe it’s better to ask a rabbi rather than an advice columnist. Because those very same chains were given by a man whose motivation might have been the desire to keep his family safe on icy roads. A gesture to be appreciated as a sign of caring rather than a sign of disdain or a lack of imagination.

Back to a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide kills. It IS a silent killer. And it is preventable.

SO PC’s gift to our family for this final night of Chanukah is not exciting. But it is one of the truest expressions of love.

Thanks PC. We love it. And we love you.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Saturday, 19 December 2009 9:45 pm

    aw….that’s so sweet.

    my mom used to give me long underwear for chanukah every year. and i appreciated it all winter long!!!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 20 December 2009 11:40 am

      We would get something like socks or cute slippers or cozy jammies. LOVED gifts like that.

      Still do…

  2. Sunday, 20 December 2009 3:50 am

    This and Havel Havelim wow! I clicked to see if it was posted and I see that you’re a very busy lady!!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 20 December 2009 11:41 am

      The trick to HH is to set aside time each day. Then come Motzei Shabbat, most of the work is already done!

  3. karen permalink
    Sunday, 20 December 2009 10:15 am

    i somehow got to your blog while trying to find the hazon food conf. packing list…i am a soon-to-be rabbi and this will also be my first food conf. you’ll be in good company!

    karen

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 20 December 2009 11:42 am

      Oh good!! Another newbie 🙂 We should meet-up 🙂

  4. Sunday, 27 December 2009 12:48 am

    When I was a kid (probably 12 or 13), my dad got me a wrench for Chanukah. He knew I was interested in tools, but did not listen to my mom when she said that it is not a good Chanukah gift.

    He was surprised by my reaction to to the gift — I tried, rather unsuccessfully, to hold my tears of disappointment, so that I would not hurt his feelings.

    The experience became somewhat of a family joke.

    I still have the wrench, and use it to this day.

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