Living in a very heavily Jewish area, Purim preps around here started several weeks ago. The grocery stores rearranged all their candy aisles and tons of other stores are selling their beautiful pre made purim baskets, some of which look like little mini wedding presents and cost just about the same. Dont even get me started on the candy stores! Since when did “themed” mishloach manot become part of the mitzvah. It has gotten out of control! I dont need an apple clock to match with the “apple” themed basket. What does a non food item have to with giving on Purim. Nothing- its just a way for people to try and out-do and impress their friends.

Whatever happened to the good old fashioned shaloch manos that we used to give to everyone that consisted of a hamentashen, maybe a piece of fruit and nuts on a paper plate. Now, everyone makes hundreds of bag/baskets for their kids to hand out to all their friends, teachers… Which would be semi ok, if we didnt already dish out a ton of money to be a part of our School or Shuls lists. So not only do we pay for our school/shul we then give to the same people again with more homemade baskets! this is insane!

With all that being said, I am looking forward to seeing what new candy items will be hitting the bags this year. We always end up with piles and piles of candy. Most of which eventually ends up in my husbands office.

Purim is definitely a candy lovers FAVORITE holiday!

Chag Sameach.

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