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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Thanksgivukkah: First time since 1888

The First Chanksgiving? (Public Domain)
If you're thinking of skimping on Thanksgivukkah this time around, you might wish to reconsider.  Let's just say that after this year's rare convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, it might be another 77,798 years before you get another mouthful of pumpkin latkes.

Lauren Markoe of The Washington Post points out that there are some striking similarities between these two beloved holidays. Both celebrate religious freedom:   Ancient Jews from the regime of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and Pilgrims from the Church of England.  Both also emphasize gratitude for miraculous outcomes.

So don't be a worry wart like Stephen Colbert, who is afraid that kids might start believing that "the Wampanoags sat down with the Maccabees and the yams lasted for eight months." 

Instead, get out there and purchase a "menurkey" ("turkorah"?) before it's too late.

After all, Halloween's already over…


Copyright November 3, 2013 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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