This is part of an article taken from BBC News ~ I had to share:
The coincidence this year of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah is very unusual – it last happened in 1888. But in a way it’s fitting, as American Jews have been embracing Thanksgiving for more than two centuries.
By the time the first of eight candles in Jewish menorah were lit on Wednesday evening for the start of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, the country was largely closed down for Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday.
According to the most commonly cited calculation, not only has this not happened for 125 years, but it won’t happen again for more than 70,000 years.
That is because the Jewish calendar is shifting in relation to the Gregorian calendar very, very slowly… at a rate of four days every 1,000 years.
It’s thanks to a quirk of both calendars that 2013 has this curious new amalgam: Thanksgivukkah.
The term was coined, and trademarked, by a marketing specialist called Dana Gitell, who teamed up with an online Jewish gift shop to sell T-shirts and other memorabilia.
Among the items on sale are a “menurkey” – a menorah shaped like a turkey – designed by a nine-year-old New Yorker, whose family say they have sold thousands at $50 a piece.
…”American Jews love Thanksgiving and celebrate it every year with the rest of America,” says Gitell.
Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah to all who observe!