An updated look for the menorah

By Times Staff, Wires
Published December 1, 2007


Hanukkah starts at sundown Tuesday. This Menorahmorph (above) was designed to commemorate the centennial of the Jewish Museum in New York City by Karim Rashid, designer of just about everything from clothing to lighting to your wastepaper basket. It comes in lime, blue, pink and orange with matching candles ($50, shop.thejewishmuseum.org). It "brings a contemporary look to a traditional ritual object," the museum says, and is "a fitting celebration of Hanukkah for the 21st century."


Wrap up softer Santa landing

From the December issue of O at Home (that's Oprah's magazine): If you're not using the fireplace for its intended purpose, clean it out and use it as a focal point in which to stack beautifully wrapped Christmas packages.


A lot to do around the holidays

Seven of 10 women say they'll spend the equivalent of a 40-hour workweek completing their holiday to-do lists, according to the Lands' End Holiday Survey. (These women need herbal tea and a massage in the worst way.) One-third say participating in holiday traditions is the most joyful experience of the season. Eighteen percent will take a day off work to tend to the tinsel tasks.


Cheery mat is in step with holidays

Brighten the place where you greet guests (or your letter carrier) with a seasonal welcome mat. This one, with a herd of minimalist reindeer, is $39 from Smith and Hawken (www.smithandhawken.com). We've seen other nice ones at home centers, mass merchants and gift shops lately.


Meet the King Kong of superglues

For all you do-it-yourselfers, who may be scrambling to complete holiday projects: Gorilla Glue introduces SuperGlue with an "impact-tough" performance. The complaints about superglues: They're brittle and don't always hold; the nozzle clogs; their overall strength sometimes isn't so super. The Gorilla version contains rubber particles so it will flex without breaking if an object is dropped. A metal pin in the anti-clog tip keeps the nozzle clean. It comes in liquid or gel. Look for it at home centers, the big-box stores, hardware stores.