By Deb Belt
Two holiday traditions will in some households merge into one this year when Thanksgiving falls on the first day of Hanukkah, Nov. 28. In reaction, some are calling the holiday Thanksgivukkah, National Public Radio reports.
Thanksgiving comes crazy late in 2013, and Hanukkah starts ridiculously early, meaning that the first full day (and second night) of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving Day.
Symbols from each holiday – an event that won’t repeat for 70,000 years -- will converge at a historic place Nov. 27 when a rabbi will light a menorah at Plymouth Rock for the first time in history, the Boston Globe reports.
The blended holiday combining the Jewish celebration that commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago and Americans’ thanks for their blessings has spawned a variety of online mashups.
Pinterest has a Thanksgivukkah page, offering recipes for sweet potato latkes with marshmallows or pumpkin challah ideas.
Facebook users can like the Thanksgivukkah 2013 page, which features artwork that tweaks Grant Wood’s iconic American farmer and his daughter holding a menorah instead of a pitchfork. The page is replete with Thanksgivukkah events from around the country, clothing to order and recipes.
And, the holiday mixer even has a Twitter feed. The tweets include links to recipes – of course – along with Tshirts and Thanksgivukkah-themed manicure ideas. Really.