We here at the Stage Lighting Store are very excited about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which is known as the Festival of Lights. Second to our love of good lighting is our love of good food. So this year on November 28th, we’re in for a treat as Hanukkah and Thanksgiving combine into one glorious celebration.
This doesn’t happen very often, and when it will happen again is a bit debatable. The best source to understand how the Gregorian and Jewish calendars align, check out www.Chabad.org.
The Hanukkah menorah, called a Hanukiah, has nine branches; one for the eight nights plus the Shamash, Hebrew for helper or servant, which serves to light the other candles. One candle is lit each night at sundown. This year Thanksgiving will be the first full day of Hanukkah and the second night, so two candles will be lit at dinnertime.
Make the holiday fun by embracing both traditions! Here are a few ideas:
- Plan a menu honoring the culture of both days. Great recipes can be found online for dishes such as sweet potato latkes with cranberry applesauce, or fried turkey (to celebrate the miracle of the oil).
- Have the kids make holiday crafts (such as coloring sheets you can find online or the ever popular handprint turkey!).
- Thanksgivukkah might be incomplete without a Menurkey, a turkey shaped Menorah, an idea created by 9-year old Asher Weintraub to commemorate this historic holiday.
Both holidays embrace generosity and togetherness with loved ones. However you celebrate this year, we hope it’s filled with love and warmth.
Let us know how you are celebrating these two wonderful holidays! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org