Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. — W.T. Purkiser
This year, as you may already know, Thanksgiving falls on the first day of Hanukkah. By the Jewish calendar, a holiday actually begins at sundown the night before, so the first night of Hanukkah this year is Wednesday, November 27th, and the first day of Hanukkah is Thanksgiving Day. Such a convergence is quite rare. The last time the holidays overlapped was apparently in 1888, and it won’t happen again until 2070. Some have cleverly marketed this unusual coincidence as Thanksgivukkah.
Interestingly, both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving have some similarities. Both are significant cooking holidays. Also, both are great opportunities to bring family, friends and good food together to be thankful for our blessings and share meaningful cultural traditions with family. Whether you’ll be celebrating this Thanksgivukkah with mashed potatoes, latkes or both, I hope you have a lovely time with friends and loved ones. And, if you have time, you can consider this an opportunity to take your culinary adventures to new heights.
How will you be celebrating Thanksgivukkah this year? Do you follow any cultural traditions? What are you planning to cook? I would love it if you post links or descriptions in the comments below. I haven’t yet decided what I’ll be cooking this year. We’re not traveling this Thanksgiving so it will just be my little family of three. Perhaps I’ll try another exotic ancient grain or perhaps something with warm vanilla and citrus undertones? Hmm, not sure yet.