Don’t blink, because it won’t happen for another 79,811 years. It’s the intersection of Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah, of course. Call it Thanksgivukkah. Lots of people are.
Jewish residents are making various plans to celebrate both a secular day that did not become an annual tradition in the United States until an 1863 presidential proclamation by Abraham Lincoln and an eight-day religious holiday that commemorates an event that happened in 2 B.C.
“A lot of families I know are mixing the two together,” said Rabbi Shaul Perlstein of Chabad Jewish Center of Chattanooga. “It’s fascinating. I can’t tell you all the buzz out there. A lot of people are trying to find cute ideas. It’ll be interesting to hear what everybody came up with.”
Although Hanukkah officially begins Wednesday night at sundown, its first full day will coincide with Thanksgiving Day.
“Some families have bought a menurkey, or turkey menorah,” said Perlstein. “We’re invited to a family’s home where we’ll be having turkey but stuffing made with traditional Jewish foods.”
This is the first year the two have intersected since 1888, when Thanksgiving was still celebrated on the last Thursday in November.