That dreaded menorah wax! Last year's evidence of a Happy Hanukkah is still sitting on your hanukkiah the nine-branch menorah used for Hanukkah. And now, with Hanukkah starting Tuesday night, you have one day to rid the hanukkiah of last year's drippings.

I've got four methods for you to try, but I think the last one is the easiest.

1. Use a butter knife, fingernail, toothpick or other sharp object to chisel the wax away bit by bit. Your frustration level will rise with this one, so skip to No. 2.

2. Put the menorah in the freezer tonight, then break the wax off tomorrow morning. Not exactly what I want to be doing while getting kids off the school. Skip to No. 3.

3. Put the menorah in a stopped-up sink and pour hot water on it to melt the wax off. As water cools, refresh with hot water. Rub off the wax with a no-scratch cloth, such as a cotton dish towel. This definitely works, and is pretty easy to do, but I've got a better way. Skip to

4. Turn the oven on 200 degrees. Place your menorah on an aluminum foil- or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Put it in the oven and let the wax drip off the menorah onto the cookie sheet. Keep an eye on the oven. You might have to flip the menorah onto the other side. Use a cloth to rub off the wax still on it while the menorah is still warm, not hot.

5. Yes, there's a fifth method. Leave it be. The layers of wax tell a story of a joyful holiday with family, plus they help the candles stick in the holders better.

Don't want wax next year? There is a product you can buy called Wax-Off that you spray on the hanukkiah before lighting it, or go inexpensive and spray it with a cooking spray such as Pam before lighting the candles each night. The slick surface will cause the wax to fall off easily.

And if you were wondering, there's really no such thing as a dripless candle, so don't believe those boxes. There is such a thing as an ultra drippy candle, and I believe those are the ones that always manage to come to my house.

Happy Hanukkah!