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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Chanukah and the Antitrust Professor

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

We spent this afternoon at an early Chanukah party (since Chanukah does not start till the evening of December 12, 2009).

This year we bought some new Chanukah books for the girls.  The first that we read is A Blue's Clues Chanukah.  In the story, Blue and her friends Mr. Salt, Mrs. Pepper, Magenta, Tickety and Joe visit Orange Kitten (funny, she doesn't look Jewish) and celebrate Chanukah together.  I recommend it highly for those that have kids who watch Blues Clues.

The second book that the girls enjoyed is in the Sammy Spider series - Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah.  Our protagonist Sammy Spider learns about Chanukah from his friends the Shapiro family.  The girls also liked this one. 

This Saturday evening we are having a Chanukah party at our house.  What is the right sort of music to play?  Lots of Jewish performers produce Christmas albums (Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Kenny G, Michael Bolton, etc.) and the best known Christmas song of all time, White Christmas, was written by Irving Berlin.  How about a Chanukah album?  There is the famous Adam Sandler Chanukah song (in three versions no less).  There is also Hanukkah Blessings by the Barenaked Ladies.  My kids' favorite (at least until Lady Gaga comes out with a Chanukah tune) has got to be the following remake of an 80s classic.  I wish Joey Ramone had made a Chanukah album before he died.  I am still holding out for a Kiss Chanukkah album.  Both Paul Stanley (born Stanley Eisen) and Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz) I assume celebrate Chanukah.

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One suggestion: Lemony Snicket, The Latke who wouldn't Stop Screaming. Best cross-over Chanukah-Christmas book ever.

Posted by: Joshua Gans | Dec 6, 2009 3:42:28 PM

But the real question is whether there would have been a choice of more Chanukah books if the US had expressly allowed publishers to set prices (and prohibited retailers from discounting) as is done in several European countries. This could be the subject of an interesting article: The Antitrust Economics of Chanukah and Resale Price Maintenance. :)

Posted by: Ted Banks | Dec 7, 2009 8:09:38 AM

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