When it comes to being a good Jewish mother, I’m a Learner Driver. If only it were as simple as saying “Eat Something!”
Here are a few things that I have learned from my most recent — hopeless and embarrassing — attempt at incorporating some Jewish culture into our holiday season:
1. When it comes to getting the dates right, don’t rely on road-side posters in Caulfield promoting a related event or your “memory”.
2. Don’t use google to find latke recipes. That’s why you have sisters-in-law.
3. And don’t take any notice of internet people who say “Latkes must be served with apple sauce and sour cream!” because the husband may say he’s never heard of such a thing, what are those funny-looking sauces.
4. Do not assume that by giving the kids some Chanukah toys (fantastic gifts from cousins), they will suddenly get into the spirit of it. They may sing “Happy Birthday to you!” to the Menorah and pretend to fry snails instead of latkes.
5. Don’t forget to dig out your Menorah well in advance, so you don’t have to use the toy one to undertake the ceremonial lighting of the candles. And don’t forget to buy proper candles, too, so you don’t have to use birthday candles.
6. Never stop being grateful that the kids don’t know the difference yet, and that their dad is extremely easy-going about it all. Now, eat something already!