Hanukkah is about the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem at around the time the Maccabeas were doing their thing. The eight day long celebration of light speaks to the notion that the people, land, and nation of Israel and the Jewish faith would/will go on.
Thanksgiving, while we believe it to be about gluttony, is really (sorta) about appreciation for a bountiful harvest that would get people through a long, forth-coming winter and the notion that the people, land, and nations that partook would go on.
BOTH holidays are religious at their core. BOTH holidays are about struggle through adversity. BOTH holidays are about family, friends, and appreciation. That everyone eats super, super well for both (keep in mind the theme for Hanukkah is oil so the latkes and the donuts (sufganiyot) and all the other fried food awesomeness rivals the carb-heavy greatness of a pre-winter meal) is just gravy. See what I did there? GRAVY!
Anywho - as these two holidays are coinciding this year many people have asked me (as though I speak for alllllll the Jews) what "we" are doing for Thanksgivukkah. Well . . . since you asked . . .
- We. are. ready.
- We have our Menurkey (lit the first candle last night) . . .
- Later this morning, we will hit "play" on our Hanukkah play list, slice up our challah loaf for French Toasting and we will read Hershel (for the 90th time . . . I love it)
- After my daughter goes with her mother for Thanksgiving dinner and all the festivities that go with it I will either spend the afternoon with friends who have been wonderful enough to invite me to spend time with them or do a little reading and/or watch a little Netflix or The Hebrew Hammer on DVD.
- The kiddo will be back with me in the evening, we'll light candle number two and then - by Friday morning - it will be JUST Hanukkah.