For the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day, an occurrence so rare that some people predict it will not happen again for 79,000 years! And folks are coming up with some very unique ways of combining the two holidays, officially dubbed “Thanksgivukkah”. For example, a menorah can be combined with a turkey to create a “menurky”, or the turkey can be combined with a dreidel to create a “turkel”.
While each holiday has its own traditions, both are celebrations of family, food and gratitude.
What do you think of when you hear the word “thanksgiving”? What is it really all about?
It’s about being truly thankful, grateful for the people in our lives. When I remember Thanksgiving as a child, I remember my mother and grandmother and my great-grandmother cooking in the kitchen and serving us all a wonderful meal. Afterwards we would scatter in all directions. some of us going outside to play, others looking for that special football game. Me? I would sit with my great-grandmother and watch her crochet. She taught me when I was six or seven years old, and until the day she died she always wanted to know what I was “doing”. What she was really asking was, “What are you making?” Every time I pick up a hook and a ball of thread, I think about my great-grandmother, about how patient she was in teaching us little girls how to make chain stitch necklaces. Once we mastered that, it was on to single crochet necklaces, and before we knew it we were making granny squares and then blankets. My grandmother taught me that being creative was important, and to this day I look at all of the creative endeavors I’ve taken on over the years and I know in my heart that she was right. She always inspired me to create, whether it was with a hook, a needle or a pencil.
So today I am grateful to her, and to all of the people in my life, who have inspired me to create. Whether it’s someone in your family. a friend or a teacher, stop and give thanks for the inspiration they’ve given you. Create something in honor of them. John F. Kennedy said it like this: