Happy Thanksukkah *Open Thread*

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Or is that Happy Hanugiving? Or is it “Thanksgivukkah,” as denoted in a WSJ article? Regardless, this is a unique combination of two beloved holidays, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. This particular combination has happened only once before in our history, way back in 1888. You sure better enjoy it this time around because I seriously doubt you’ll be around for the next one. It won’t be for another 70,000+ years! So, pull out the ol’ Menorah, make some Latke stuffing, have a Dreidel Centerpiece, because this is absolutely a once-in-a-lifetime event!

Of course, people being people, they can always find just a bit of humor in such a convergence, as well as a money-making venture as this article highlights:

[…] While Hanukkah, which commemorates a Jewish military victory over Greek forces in the second century B.C. and the miracle of a day’s worth of lamp oil lasting for eight, is technically a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar, it has become increasingly prominent in the past century as part of the broader seasonal push.

A few see commercial opportunities in Thanksgivukkah as well. Dana Gitell, a community specialist with Boston-based elder-care provider Hebrew SeniorLife, has started a Thanksgivukkah Facebook page and is promoting a line of Thanksgivukkah commemorative items, including a T-shirt done in a Woodstock rock-festival motif with the catchphrase “8 Days of Light, Liberty and Latkes.” (Latkes are the potato pancakes typically served throughout Hanukkah.)

Not to be outdone is Asher Weintraub, a 9-year-old New Yorker who has created what he dubs the Menurkeyโ€”a menorah, the candelabrum that is the centerpiece of the holiday, in the shape of a turkey. With help from his filmmaker parents, Asher funded his project with a successful $25,000 campaign on Kickstarter, a fundraising website, over the summer (it netted $48,345). The family is now hoping to sell as many as 2,500 of his creation in versions both ceramic (for $150) and plaster ($50).

The Weintraubs are also expanding on the concept in other ways, from a Menurkey iPhone app to a Menurkey theme song. Sample lyric: “Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, come light the Menurkey. Once in a lifetime, the candles meet the turkey.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I like that – “8 Days of Light, Liberty, and Latkes” – it has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

In any event, no matter if you celebrate either or both, I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving this year, one filled with love, kindness, grace, and good humor. May you be surrounded by family, be it blood, or chosen, may you have a sufficient amount of food to share for all who come to your table, and may you remember to count your blessings, not just on this day, but all days.

And of course, the holidays just aren’t complete without a musical interlude, of you ask me. This George Winston piece is appropriate for both holidays I think since it lends itself to some quiet, peaceful reflection, beauty, and joy:

Wherever you are, wherever you go, may you have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Hanukkah to you as well! May your light burn bright today, and every day!

*Just a reminder that I am still out of the country. I will be back after December 1st. Feel free to continue to comment here, if you wish.

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20 Responses to “Happy Thanksukkah *Open Thread*”

  1. Cindyindie Says:

    LOL Love the “Hanugiving”.
    Whichever—-Happy Holiday to you, yours and all who comment here!
    Continued fun on your trip, Cuz!

  2. Penelope Jackson Says:

    Love this! Happy Thanksgiving!.

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  3. SSDD Says:

    I hope you are having a wonderful time Rev Amy! It is kinda cool that Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah are on the same day. That George Winston vid is lovely too…ty for posting it.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much. We are having a great time. We are in St. Thomas, our last port. We have two sea days left, then back to Miami. It has been a fantastic cruise!

      Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday!

      • SSDD Says:

        Awe…I’m so happy you have been having so much fun. I can’t wait to see pics….I hope you’ve got lots of them…lol.

  4. onofres4arm Says:

    Hey! Where is everybody? On vacation, or something?

    “Happy Thanksgiving!”

    And for you socialists out there, “Dysphoric Ingratitude Taking!”

    • Cindyindie Says:

      “Dysphoric Ingratitude Taking”…….Aww, now don’t start sweet-talkin’ ’em or you’ll make ’em blush ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cindyindie Says:

      great to have you back, Onofre!

      • onofres4arm Says:

        Hey Cindy…..and Honest Lawyer..Mostly…….I’m living in Austin now, and have been since July. I’ve been on an Odyssey of pain, loss, and struggle, three things I was hoping would descend on me long after my death, robbing them of their satisfaction, but I guess this was not to be the case. Anyway, I would love to meet up with ya’all whenever it’s convenient, it would be a hoot, I’m sure. And thanks for the warm welcome back!

        • Cindyindie Says:

          Onofre—We’d love to meet you soon…Just tell us where and when. We’ll wear red carnations and carry a copy of Greg Gutfeld’s book—LOL… Seriously, let us know, kiddo!

        • Cindyindie Says:

          P.S. So sorry you’ve had problems…..bless your heart.

  5. foxyladi14 Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy the first day of Hanukkah ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. foxyladi14 Says:

    Well as they say I am full of it. ๐Ÿ˜†
    Amen I hope everyone had a wonderul ThanksgivingAnd first day of
    Hanukkah too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. SSDD Says:

    Heh heh…we knew this one was coming: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/29/washington-post-repeal-presidential-term-limits/#!

  8. mcnorman Says:

    A very late in coming Happy Thanksgiving. Hope all is well in your abode. Stay warm.

  9. foxyladi14 Says:

    Warm and toasty here.:)

  10. helenk3 Says:

    just to here him laugh

    http://www.wimp.com/sealcuddle/

  11. foxyladi14 Says:

    Happy December friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

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