This year brings the rare combination of Thanksgiving and the first day of Chanukah. Pay attention, y’all, because according to the calendar, this won’t happen again until the year 79811. Yes, 77,000-ish years from now. That’s what you get when you overlap a solar calendar with a lunar calendar. And the Jewish calendar is very slowly getting out of sync with the solar calendar, at a rate of 4 days per 1000 years.
We didn’t celebrate with a turkey dinner, but we did light candles as usual. With our family Channukiyah (menorah). I didn’t bother investing in a Menurkey, a turkey shaped menorah – the idea of Asher Weintraub, a 9-year-old inventor. As cute as it is, I can’t see the use of paying out cash for something that will be used for one night every 77,000 years.
On the other hand, it might have been fun lighting a turkey for the occasion.
We had chocolate Chanukah gelt (coins), and kidlet got what she has been bugging me for over the past few months, a panda hat. (More about the pattern later.)
And of course we had the traditional jelly doughnuts – I allowed myself a little one. (One every year.)
Have a sweet, joyous holiday, my friends, whatever you celebrate!