Thanksgiving, Et Cetera
Tomorrow evening, we celebrate what many (too many?) are calling Thanksgivukkah, the convergence of Chanukah and Thanksgiving. It is a really cool thing that these two joyous holidays coincide like this. I am already salivating thinking about all of the turkey, latkes (potato pancakes), sweet potato, pumpkin pie and fried doughnuts that I am about to ingest. Which is a lot to digest. But I digress.
Apparently, this is the only time that the holidays (Chanukah starts tomorrow evening along with, if you will, Thanksgiving’s Eve) will come together for billions and billions of years. And while the mathematical proof eludes me, suffice it for me to write that while the 2013 Thanksgiving falls on its latest possible date, this year’s Chanukah falls on its very earliest date. And yes, the Jewish calendar adds whole months every so often to even out all of those solar-lunar discrepancies. In other words, you do the math.
It was a lazy few days—although I wasn’t completely listless. Literally.
List-making is one of my favorite activities. Top 10 lists. “Fields of 64”, a la the NCAA brackets. And yes, I know there are now 68 or 69 teams, but my fields don’t do preliminary games. The topics? Sports. Food. Music. TV. Movies. Beverages. Women. Countries. Sports movies. Politicians. Authors and books. You name it. Many of us enjoy making comparisons, or rating or ranking things. Until a few months ago, I may have even had the only continuously published (weekly) Top 10 list on topics that relate somehow to Jewish culture. As in Jewish sports and food and music and movies and…