Happy Hanukkah, my fit and focused friends! Did all the Turkey Day hubbub make you forget it was Hanukkah, or did you see enough Thanksgivukkah hashtags to remind you that you had to shop for a turkey and gifts for the fam?
Many people are saying that Hanukkah hasn’t fallen on Thanksgiving before, but tis not so! Since Thanksgiving was dubbed a national holiday in 1863 (yes, you can thank Honest Abe for this delicious day), Hanukkah and Thanksgiving have been one 3 other times, and if you’re a Jewish Texan, 5 times (probably because Texas was still pissed at Abe for taking away their “country”). Texas doesn’t like following rules. There aren’t that many Jews in Texas, anyway, so it’s kind of a moot point… Anyway, anyone try to roast their turkey over the menorah? Yea… me neither… it was taking too long…
(For a full history of Thanksgivukkah, head over here.)
Thanksgivukkah was actually pretty awesome. I wouldn’t be opposed to the cross section happening more often (bring it on 2070!).
I went on a few Thanskgivukkah runs to keep up with my marathon training (but mostly so I could eat more pumpkin pie! And cranberry sauce. And the peppermint oreos I may or may not have bought the day after Thanksgiving…)
That stuffing = the most amazing thing on earth! I attribute it’s deliciousness to the miracle that is Thanksgivukkah. And the fact that my mom is a pretty awesome cook.
Oh, Hanukkah! Oh, Hanukkah!
Come light the menorah.
Let’s have a party.
We’ll all dance the horah. (Or just sit around in sweat pants because dancing after that much food is a recipe for disaster. Dancing is like swimming. Or it would be like synchronized swimming! We should try the horah in the pool! But only if we wait an hour…)
Gather ’round the table
We’ll give you a treat
Some miracle stuffing and turkey to eat! (I changed that last line to fit with the Thanksgivukkah theme. Feel free to sing that at your next Thanksgivukkah event. I’ll only charge a nominal copyright fee. But seeing as Thanksgivukkah isn’t happening again for 57 years, I might not make that much money. I didn’t really think this through…)
Anyway, on the second day of Hanukkah, God brought Black Friday! (Is Black Friday one of the plagues? Aren’t the plagues for Passover? This jumbling of holidays is confusing.) All the procrastinating Jews were saved and rewarded with deals and steals for all their family and friends. Woohoo!
I tend not to venture out on Black Friday until later in the afternoon or evening, if at all, but this year, my parents and I ventured out to local pet shop. Luckily, all the crazy people clamoring in line at 4am to buy discounted fish food had dispersed by then, so I was able to get right up close to the cute puppies and this bad ass bunny!
Because it’s Movember. Duh! I, being the judge of all that is Movember (I’m not really, but go with me here), grant that this bunny has the #1 Mo of 2013. I mean, have you ever seen a bunny with a Civil War era stache? Exactly. Winner, winner, (leftover) turkey dinner! Now go shave that thing!
What was your favorite part about Thanksgivukkah? Did you find any Black Friday deals that beat out this circa 1860s mustachio-ed rabbit?
**We didn’t really sing.