As long as I can recall Thanksgiving has been all alone on the November calendar with nothing to distract from the festivity of the meal and giving thanks. This year we are sharing this holiday with the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Combining the delicious foods creates a delicious banquet that is enhanced by the dazzling candles lit on the Menorah.
Adding the special latkes and jelly donuts to the Thanksgiving feast only ups the calorie quotient already tipping the scales during this time. What is unique is having the festivities begin before the traditional start to Thanksgiving and continue into December welcoming in the Christmas season.
Living in New York City it is easy to spot signs of all holidays around the City. Feeling a part of the very fabric of the City in a way only NYC can make one feel. This reminds us of the connectedness we all share when holidays coincide. Gratitude is a gift we share that embraces all of us.
Hanukkah is also a holiday where people were giving thanks, thanks for the miracle of oil lasting eight days when it should have only been enough for one. Thanksgiving is a perfect time for this holiday to fall on the calendar. a time of reflection with shimmering lights.
As a result of the Hebrew calendar being changeable it is quite possible this timing can repeat itself. So each night when the menorah is lit think of the gifts of Thanksgiving with gratitude for all in your life.