Jewish, Chinese, and Indian HoliDAYS In-A-Box!

Who doesn’t love a good old fashion family holiday? It is the glue that keeps us all together.

An ad for Days United recently popped up on my Facebook feed and stopped me in my tracks. Before me was the cutest subscription service I’ve ever seen – a multi-cultural “holiday in a box” for Jewish holidays, Indian holidays and Chinese holidays. Each packed super fun, good looking, quality materials. I immediately contacted the company so I could see one for myself.

As fast as you could say ten plagues, my Passover box arrived.  Upon opening it, I found an easy to navigate sheet explaining the box’s contents: a Passover Haggadah (complete with stickers), a matzah cover, an afikomen cover, a decorative seder plate, gourmet matzo ball mix, and three jumping frogs (plastic, not real).

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As you can imagine, on a yucky snow day and after being stuck inside and completely stir crazy, a fun box arriving at our door was a gift from above – like finding a baby in the Nile.

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As soon as my son saw the frogs (our favorite) he took them out and started jumping around. Always in the top three plagues in my house, who could disagree with this reaction!? He was also excited for the matzo ball mix but I suggested we try that closer to the holiday.

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My daughter grabbed for the puzzle-like wooden shape shifting seder plate and loved that it could morph in to many different objects. My son noted it was just like Moses’ staff (he’s mildly obsessed with the staff-turning-into-a-snake part of the story).

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Next, my son wanted to see the matzah cover. He thought it was HILARIOUS that people were looking on their cell phones. There are so many conversations that could be sparked from the printed images I don’t even know where to begin!

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My daughter, on the other hand, grabbed for the afikomen cover. She thought the baby was hilarious – especially because it was only wearing a diaper, and claimed the boy in the middle was the spitting image of my son. I assured her that was on purpose. Once again – a fun, funky image – from which conversations could go on for days!

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As my kids always tend to do – they begged me to make this into an art project. With so much open space on each of these covers, how could I say no? I brought up our trusty markers and paint and let them go to town.

As we put the covers aside to dry the kids said how excited they were to bring them to the seder next week. Now, isn’t that the whole point? Getting the kids engaged in a holiday and getting the conversation about it started. Good job, Days! We can’t wait to see what the next box has in store!

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Besides Passover, Days offers a box for the Jewish holidays: Passover, Lag Baomer, Shavu’ot, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Tu B’Shvat, Purim, the Chinese holidays: Dragon Boat Festival, Mid Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year, and the Indian holidays: Ganesh Chaturthi, Dushera, Diwali and Lohri.

Days mission is to help families celebrate their traditions – especially with so many people now living far from their families in new places and amongst new cultures. Their fun, whimsical items are specially curated to preserve the meaning of these holidays while keeping them light and fun.

Check out their boxes for your next holiday or subscribe to the main or all holidays option – so one can appear on your doorstep ten days before the holiday begins!

While definitely a great gift for kids, I could also see this as a fun gift to send a college student or a new graduate – who doesn’t yet have holiday objects of their own. It’s a fresh take on the tradition and sure to get a smile.

Published by Stacey Wallenstein

Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (11, 8, and 5). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. Stacey is also an active PTA member ((including a former & current PTA president) as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her musings on motherhood, Manhattan, the suburbs, and more can be found here and on Facebook at The Mint Chip Mama. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. For more updates, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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