Not since 1888, twenty-five years after Abraham Lincoln officially declared Thanksgiving a holiday, has Thanksgiving and the Jewish holiday Hanukkah fallen on the same day. The alignment of the two holidays won’t happen again for approximately seventy-six thousand years, although since the Jewish day does not begin at midnight but rather on the sunset before midnight, the first night of Hanukkah will actually align with Thanksgiving the evening of Thursday, November 27, 2070.
Don’t hold dinner on account of me on that particular Thursday. But please, if you can, light a candle in my memory.
This Thursday, though, (whoa, that would be tomorrow), let’s bring it on! Gather round the Menurkey (if the candle fits) or the table and let’s honor tradition; let’s count our blessings and watch some football.
Quite wonderfully, it is what it is. In that vein, you might enjoy my take on what Thanksgiving really is. I'll be back on Monday. With one week less of shopping until the big day, I've got to hustle.
. . . stuffing the turkey and yourself more than you thought possible.
. . . opting to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV rather than fight the crowds and the cold along the parade route.
. . . making gravy/mashed potatoes that inevitably turn out lumpy.
. . . flying/driving home to be with family in a blinding snowstorm on the busiest travel day of the year with a renewed resolve to truly make this your last Thanksgiving on the road.
. . . increasingly resenting the burgeoning American consumerism that is steadily encroaching on this traditional holiday.
. . . realizing family traditions can be over-rated when your sanity is on the line.
. . . graciously squeezing one more guest (who is that guy?) around the dining room table at the last minute.
. . . pulling out all the stops when it comes to the crystal, china, silver, linen, wine, champagne and diet.
. . . looking forward to a week of leftovers and no cooking.
. . . kicking off the holiday season with yet another year of watching “Miracle on 34th Street.”
. . . officially commencing your holiday shopping the day AFTER giving thanks.
. . . giving, loving, caring without conditions or expectations.
. . . counting our blessings.