From before we were married my wife has been going away every year to Pesach hotels or what not. Her whole life she never knew anything else. Baruch Hashem we have the means to easily go away every year to all the top programs we have been to over the years, and we have just about been to them all. We have been there and done it all.
Our kids are now all married and their families are growing. We decided that it was time to make Pesach in our house. We hired a private chef (who was on our program last year) and two waiters to take care of the food. My wife gave them her bubbys pesach recipes that they blended with more “today” style food. We hired some more help to clean before pesach. I have to say, being able to sit at my table this year, in my house, with my family, truly felt like malchus. No packing, no travel (yes even first class is a patchke with security and baggage) no tipping. I was able to sleep happily in my own bed.
And you know what? The price of the shopping, extra help, chef and all was a fraction of the cost of the cheapest program we have been to. The money that I saved could sponsor a couple non pesach vacations!
Some of my children grumbled in the beginning. But by the end of first days everyone was thrilled. For the first time we spent quality family time, the ladies stayed in their robes for the most part and didn’t have to do the whole showoff new wardrobe to the world thing like in the programs. I was able to daven normally in shul, didn’t have to worry about kashrus, and we even got to see Shwekey. So what exactly did we miss? The beaches we see a few times a year anyway?
I truly feel bad for those who had issues with their Pesach arrangements this year. Maybe next year they will opt for the ultimate concierge pesach experience at home and save a ton of $$ to boot.
Anonymous from Brooklyn.
NOTE: The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of YWN.
DO YOU HAVE AN OPINION YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE POSTED ON YWN? SEND IT TO US FOR REVIEW.
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)