Are you Hanukkah & Thanksgiving ready? Well you'll need to be this year as they both fall on the same day! After looking into this closer, this convergence of holidays happens incredibly rarely, creating a once in a many lifetime event on Thursday.
So, how the hell does this happen? We did just a lil' bit o' research, thanks to google. Thanksgiving was set by law in 1942 to be the fourth Thursday of November. It can fall as early as it did last year, Nov. 22, or as late as it is this year, Nov. 28.
Hanukkah always starts at sundown on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. But when is that? The Jewish calendar is lunar, with months generally lined up with the 29-day cycle between new moons. A lunar 12-month year is almost two weeks shorter than the 365-day solar year.
But some Jewish holidays must happen in particular seasons: Passover, for instance, must be in the spring. So Jewish sages devised a 19-year cycle to periodically throw the calendar back into seasonal alignment by adding an entire extra month in the third, sixth, eighth, 11th, 14th, 17th and 19th years. Other adjustments mean the Jewish year can be 353, 354, 355, 383, 384 or 385 days long.
All of which means the 25th of Kislev can wander by about four weeks on the solar calendar, from late November to late December.
This year matches a very early Hanukkah with the latest possible Thanksgiving. It's a perfect storm! Latkes AND mashed potatoes. Brisket AND turkey! Rededication of faith AND giving thanks. Depending on whose calculations you read, the next times there would be any overlap in the holidays would be in 2165 — and maybe not again for thousands of years.
So as you're planning your Thanksgiving this year, throw on your favorite Adam Sandler version of Hanukkah Song (I prefer live on SNL), grab some fun hanukkah gifts (we've got some great wrap below) and throw one of these fun Hanukkah cards in the mail. Better be ready to start your celebration November 28th, after you've devoured your turkey and latkes, ofcourse!
[caption id="attachment_375" align="alignnone" width="754"] 1) Hanukkah Gift Wrap 2) Happy Hanukkah Rifle Paper Card 3) Seltzer Hanukkah Card 4) Rifle Paper Menorah Card 5) Elum Punch out Menorah Hanukkah Card[/caption]