It can’t get any better than a holiday turkey and lattkes feast. The first night of Hanukkah starts at sundown, kicking off an eight day festival of lights. This also is the first time Thanksgiving Day becomes the new Black Friday, except it’s on Thursday night!
Hanukkah a 2,000 year old Jewish holiday, is a celebration of religious freedom and thanksgiving. In America the harvest day of thanksgiving is a national holiday. This is the first time since 1888 that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day. According to the two calendars this won’t happen again for about 80,000 years.
Hanukkah is supposed to start on the 25th of Kislev, falling between the end of November and the end of December. This year it’s on November 28th, the earliest date it can be, which also happens to be Thanksgiving. The 25th of Kislev will fall on November 28th again, but not when November 28th is also Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday of the month). – Why is This The Last Time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Will Occur on The Same Day?
Nielsen’s Holiday Spending Forecast study, released earlier this month, shows that 68 percent of consumers say they feel like they’re still living in a recession and estimates only 13% of all holiday shoppers in 2013 plan to hit physical stores. This is the fourth year of declining Black Friday sales. 88 percent of consumers said they will use their computers again this year to do their Cyber Monday shopping. – Move Over, Black Friday: Consumers Prefer Shopping on Cyber Monday
I have much to be thankful for. We aren’t gift givers and we avoid indebtedness but we love feasting with friends. Canadian Thanksgiving was a wonderful October event celebrating the harvest. American Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will be a double November celebration with our friends this year. As we sit down to our meal, including two of my favorites (turkey and lattkes), I’ll be giving thanks for all the faithful followers that have chosen to subscribe to my blogs, and hoping your holiday be blessed with light, liberty, goodwill and gratitude.