By: Aimee Brasseur
So the most marvelous thing happened today. I learned something new!
Like any 20-something, I came home to watch The Chew and eat leftover mashed potatoes for lunch, and as I was watching today’s episode, I kept hearing the term “Thanksgivakkuh,” and then it hit me. For my Jewish friends and family, this Thursday’s holiday would be a most elaborate hybrid of candied sweet potato latkes, lighting a Menurkey (yes, it’s a thing), and playing the dreidel while watching Detroit and Dallas. It’s Thanksgiving, AND the first day of Hanukkah.
As the summary of today’s The Chew will explain, this won’t happen again for another 70,000 years!
“It’s Thanksgiving and Hanukkah all rolled into one as this year both holidays overlap. It won’t happen again for 70,000 years! In celebration, Clinton Kelly shares his easy and ooey, gooey, delicious Gelt fondue recipe; Daphne Oz visits Shelsky’s Smoked Fish in Brooklyn, where she checks out their Thanksgivukkah menu; Michael Ruhlman joins Michael to make some holiday mash-up dishes.”
Click here to watch Tuesday’s episode of The Chew and/or click here for the recipes that were made on today’s show! Warning, video clips from Tuesday’s episode aren’t posted quite yet, but I’m sure they’ll be up on Wednesday.
You see, I feel like a schmuck. With the whirl wind that my life has been since marrying my husband a couple weeks ago, I completely didn’t process the holiday overlap. But now that I figured it out, I think it’s marvelous.
What am I thankful for this year? The fact that we live in a country that celebrates so many different cultures during the holiday season, and sometimes we get to celebrate two cultures in ONE DAY. I just get giddy thinking about the diversity because it allows us, no matter our beliefs, to come together and celebrate what’s most important…health, happiness, and family, however you define it. On Thursday, toast the good life. Lechayim!
Happy Thanksgivakkuh to my Jewish family and friends, and for those of you not celebrating Thanksgivakkuh, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.