Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Turkey and Latkes

Hanukkiah on the Thanksgiving table!
Right next to the... mashed potatoes!
Did we?

No.

I wanted to. What better than to replace yams -- I don't like yams, anyway -- with good old fashioned latkes?

But this was an over-the-river-and-through-the-snow year, and grandma was already making the yams and mashed potatoes. Who could argue? The mashed potatoes were really good.

Much has been written about the coincidence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah this year. It has been given the lame name Thanksgivukkah (what did they call it when Hanukkah coincided with Black Friday, just 11 years ago? Shopukah?). Some sites have proclaimed that it has never happened before won't happen again until the year 79811, due to how the two calendars work. That's not quite true, as an excellent recap by the calendar-heads at Chabad shows.

Mostly, it was cool to have a menorah on the Thanksgiving table, and to give out gelt after the pies.

As for the latkes, we stopped off at friends in Cleveland the night before Thanksgiving, to indulge.
Then we had some more the day after Thanksgiving. With leftover turkey.

The next time Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide will be in 2070.
If I'm around, I'm having a latke.
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