Monday, November 25, 2013

And a very happy Thanksgivvukkah to you!

There's nothing like the holidays to stir my ADD into a maniacal frenzy.  Since we're in a mixed "faith" (a term that I use here to mean heritage or gift-giving holiday) family, we indulge the kids with Chanucka and Christmas.

(Side note, Mr. Auto-correct: Chanucka can be spelled this way.  It's the way my mother taught me to spell it, therefore it is correct.  Also, it's a transliteration so really, you're going to quibble with me over how to spell the sound you make whilst clearing phlegm from your throat?  Really??)

Sorry, sometimes a Jewish girl has got to put the obviously goyish auto-correct in its place.

Where was I?  Right, Christmas and Chanucka, for which if my 6-year-old son continues to call it Jewish Christmas he will receive 8 days of olive oil as his only gift.  So yes, we indulge the kids with 8 days of gifts.  Something to which my mother never would have agreed unless each gift was something practical like socks and underwear.

(Side note: I tried to find a short Hannukkah Harry video to serve as an example, but turns out . . . all of my references are dated and unavailable on Hulu.  I am old.  And yes, auto-correct, that's how SNL spelled Chanucka for the skit.  IT DOESN'T MATTER.  Oy!)

To make matters worse, this year we're celebrating Thanksgivukkah.  It's a rare year when Chanucka and Thanksgiving coincide and I know I should be awe-struck and giddy about this miracle even Juddah Maccabee couldn't have predicted (look it up).  In fact, I should be so excited about this coincidence that I should be profiting off of it,

[This poster, only $18 here: source]

or at least engineering a proper symbol of the combined holidays.

[source]

Seriously, the Menurkey designer (and CEO), Asher Weintraub, is going places.  At nine, he has funded his college education with a Kickstarter campaign.  I could learn from this child.

Thanksgivukkah has made my head spin.

I literally leapt into toy-buying action on November 1 for fear that I'd put things off and then have to make a mad dash into the Black Friday Thanksgiving Day sales.  Hold the phone.  Thanksgiving Day sales?

Guess where I'm NOT going Thanksgiving Day.

I guess some lucky retail slaves just don't get to enjoy a day off this season.

I am happy to report, however, that most of my Chanucka gifts are purchased, many are wrapped, and I didn't break the bank!  But with Chanucka falling in the midst of Thanksgiving, we don't really get to acknowledge the holiday properly.  The second night of Chanucka falls directly on Thanksgiving so we'll be with my husband's (re: Christian) family for lunch.  I'm pretty sure his uncle thinks that I'm Mexican.  Then back home for second Thanksgiving with Nana.  Third night of Chanucka?  Back on the road to celebrate - this time actual Chanucka - with my family.  Throw in several sleepovers and more family and seriously, I need a vacation!

(Side note: The article I linked to above, the one about Thanksgiving and Chanucka overlapping had this title: Thanksgiving-Hanukkah Overlap Spurs Thanks, Angst.)

Looking ahead, once the wrapping paper has settled, the turkey bones cleared off the table, and all of the candles have burned down on the menurkey, ultimately I know there is no rest for the weary.  I've barely begun my Christmas shopping.