By Hagit Galatzer
The Jewish holiday season is almost over and we can all breathe and relax a little from the temporary insanity that possessed us. It all starts with the all-important questions: “Who will we celebrate with?” and “Where???”
You would think that we left all this behind us, back in Israel, along with the pressure-cooker otherwise known as the Israeli family. No more guilt trips, taking turns with his\her family and all that stress. Finally we can celebrate in peace and quiet among best friends…
Well, about two months before Rosh-Hashana erupts, subtle snooping begins, to find out who joined forces with whom. After a series of “Survival”-style treaties and coalitions followed by negotiations that will put Camp-David to shame, we decide on a very limited group of close friends, only 6-7 families. A quick calculation reveals about 12 adults and close to a million kids. This leads to another series of discussions to decide which house will be destroyed this year.
The problem lies with the faulty ratio of adults-kids in our parts. A holiday dinner in Israel usually has, beside parents and their off springs, a couple of grandparents, a young kid-less aunt, a nephew in the army and other handy helpers. This produces a healthy ratio of at least 2 adults per child. In the friends-holiday the majority will always be with the kids. As we all know, majority rules and the little folks don’t hesitate and take over, thinking the holiday gathering is another one of their elaborate weekly birthday parties. Pretty soon you are exhausted and you fondly recall the family dinners you used to dismiss and complain about…In addition, the holiday almost always falls on a week night, leaving no time for pre-holiday preparations or the most needed post-holiday rest. Not to mention the shopping which is done in 4 different locations around the east-side including the semi-annual pilgrimage to Mercer-Island.
This leaves us with the ultimate solution: friends-holiday in Pump-It-Up. The kids will bounce away, burning off energy while the adults will be sipping wine and chatting. Then we will all retire to the party room where lovely girls will be serving pizza with anchovies (taking care of the fish head part plus the round Challa in one bite!) and for desert, honey and apples birthday cake.