Turkey, stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole and a Turkey Menorah??? While I don’t know for certain what menu items will be appearing on my friend Erika’s table this Thanksgiving, I do know that this Turkey Menorah will be proudly displayed somewhere in her home this year.
Erika is one of the most creative people I know — she made all of the invitations for her Wedding and for both her son’s Bar Mitzvah and for daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, along with decorations in celebration of the occasions, she’s made incredible cakes in all shapes and sizes for countless birthdays, I know there’s more, but I can’t think of them at the moment. Now she’s done it again, she made this Turkey Menorah just in time for Thanksgivukkah!
In response to comments after she posted this picture of her latest creation on facebook she wrote: “I’ve been obsessed with making a turkey menorah since I saw the calendar. This was really easy to make…a ceramic turkey, some hexagon nuts, googly eyes and a hot glue gun!” She even added a Yarmulke!
I think it’s brilliant!
Why does Hanukkah or Chanukah (both spellings are interchangeably used) arrive at different times each year? It’s a difference in calendar management, you might say. Americans use the Gregorian calendar to keep track of important dates and holidays during the 365 days of the year. The start date of Hanukkah is celebrated by following the Hebrew calendar which can have between 353 and 385 days per year. That’s why the start date of the “Festival of Lights” varies. To learn more about this year’s dual holiday, you can read more in this article in Time magazine.
When was the last time the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincided? According to physicist Jonathan Mizrahi, not since 1888 and it won’t coincide again until the year 79811! For those of you who are quickly trying to do the math, that’s 70,000 years from now!!!!
So, Erika, if you are planning on passing your newly created heirloom down from generation to generation — as I hope you will — your family members will be doing so for many, many, many, many years to come! Thanks for letting me share it here on the blog!
Happy Thanksgivukkah Everyone!