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Thanksgivukkah

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I hate the name. It cheapens both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, but there it is. The year that Hanukkah came early and Thanksgiving came late and worlds collided. I’m not really sure it’s that much of a collision, though. The traditional Thanksgiving, as I understand it, is a feast of gratitude for survival. It’s a celebration of life and living, and its hallmarks are food, family, and friends. Maybe this is too Charlie Brown, or too simplistic, but that’s how it is in my world.1473899_10202115005023986_2078105089_n

To me, and this is my blog, so it’s my interpretation we’re going with here, it’s about getting up, watching the parade, cooking delicious food, eating early, drinking plenty of adult beverages, maybe watching football and maybe not, maybe going for a walk and maybe not, eating dessert later because right after the meal there’s just no room for it, and generally ending the evening on a good note with random family members and friends helping out in the kitchen.


Hanukkah isn’t a whole lot different, except that it’s more of a season and less of an event. Again, this is my interpretation. For a long time I was married to a man who was not Jewish. We did the whole Christmas thing, but we also included some Hanukkah in there. He’s out of the picture (more or less), but our son is not. There is also my sweetheart in the mix now, a man who loves Christmas, but was once married to a Jewish woman and now has me. He goes with the flow. The Hanukkah flow is generally something like this: one night (usually the first, but it depends on schedules) we have a traditional potato latke dinner, then light the candles and exchange some small gifts. Small. Like a magazine. A deck of cards. A flash drive. The other nights we usually light the candles (provided we get home at an early enough hour and don’t forget) and go about our business. 45957_10151869981686406_1006624489_nOne night we usually go to Mom’s house for the whole big dinner thing. That’s it. I love the candles. I love the latkes. I love the little gifts, but frankly they’re mostly for my son, and now that he’s older it’s hard to find 8 small things. I used to do dollar store stuff, but there’s no sense in buying stuff just to buy it.

The melding of these two holidays isn’t a bad thing at all. We eat, drink, and make merry in a spirit of gratitude surrounded by our families and friends. Who can argue with that, even if it does play havoc on the internal calendar? So I’m off to dust off the menorahs, line up the turkey baster, and pop the latkes in the oven. Oh, and I need to bake the cornbread for the stuffing and find the Hanukkah gift wrap. No problem. I’ve got this covered. Happy Holiday to you, whatever you may be celebrating.

Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the teenage son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

36 thoughts on “Thanksgivukkah

  1. We celebrate just “any” thursday in France, but Happy Holiday to you too!

  2. What a wonderful article on Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Hope you are having a wonderful Hanukkah! Thanks for sharing.

  3. It gave everyone something to talk about….and a new word!

  4. Not a fan of the name either, though we won’t have to worry about hearing it again for more than 70,000 years. 🙂

  5. I found it annoying that people felt the need to make up a combined holiday again to give Hanukkah relevance. I’m over it. We had turkey on Thursday, Latkes and Brisket on Friday, and life went on. Great post. Moving on with life, because at the end of the day, it’s one of the more minor holidays anyway…

  6. Happy holidays 🙂

  7. Awesome on being on the WordPress main page! We separated out our holidays this year. I think our brains just exploded with the idea of the two together. One would have to see our Chanukah to truly understand how impossible this would be! Anyway, happy 6th night!

  8. Celebrations really do not need a reason to be. Since my wife is a veggie Thanksgiving is not the turkey. We are Jewish and therefore it is more of a religious thing to us.

  9. Love the picture! We are a mixed family so we celebrate both Xmas and Chanukah and being Americans we celebrate Thanksgiving too. Thank goodness for my orthodox parents because they are making sure my little ones get the present every day that I remember from my childhood (but it seems that MY kids are getting better stuff than I ever did as a kid)
    especially because all the good sales didnt start till this past weekend 😉
    I am unlucky enough to have 3 out of 4 kids birthdays late December-they are the ones getting jipped out of all the presents! LOL
    Great post!!

  10. We celebrated Thanksgivukkah the same weekend as my son turned two also. I’m partied out and it isn’t even Christmas yet. (We do both). I just stumbled into your blog. If you live in Tucson, I bet we’re neighbors! Cheers!

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  12. Time sure flies! Happy holidays too 🙂

  13. I get the Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday and Happy New Year’s present all rolled into one this month:(

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