In any case, this year there is a new yid on the block of stuffed holiday-themed enforcers leveraging the promise of presents in return for good behavior in children. Since the Elf on the Shelf has weirdly become a kind of seasonal mascot around these blog parts, I figured it was only appropriate to extend a welcome to … the Mensch on a Bench.
And to introduce him to all of you, in case you hadn’t heard about him. He’s the result of an interfaith couple’s inability to satisfyingly reconcile the Elf with Hanukkah, and I have to admit I find his hirsute Hebrew mug a lot less disturbing than the pixie’s preternaturally smooth cheeks and smug tight-lipped smile. (Dolls are almost always creepy. The Mensch looks more like a Maccabee Muppet.) Unfortunately, I am posting this greeting a bit too late, as the website selling Mensches on Benches informs me that all units are sold out, although they are accepting pre-orders for next year. But if you can console yourself with the knowledge that there are thousands of these guys out there watching over menorahs this December, perhaps that in itself is enough.