Thanksgivukkah? Two holidays collide for first time in 100 years! That’s right, for the first time since the 1800s, the first full day of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving Day. Two holidays that celebrate gratitude and community.
I’m often met with puzzled looks when I share that we celebrate Hanukkah. Why would I, a Christian, celebrate Hanukkah?
We know that Jesus celebrated Hanukkah at the Temple. If it was important to Jesus then there should be no problem with Christians taking part in this Festival of Lights.
Though we are not not bound by law or tradition to celebrate any holiday, our Christian faith is tightly rooted in the Hebrew traditions. Some of my ancestors were Jewish, my maiden name is Lindemann, therefore I personally felt it important to teach our boys the customs and traditions of the old testament as well as sharing this extraordinary story of faith.
What is Hanukkah?
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday also called the Festival of Lights. Lasting for eight days, Hanukkah revolves around the Menorah that holds nine candles. Chanukah or Hanukkah is the Hebrew term for rededication; a rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem during the second century BC. Included in this “Festival of Lights” are the menorah, the game of dreidel, and food, such as latkes and jelly doughnuts.
Chanukah or Hanukkah?
Some spell it Chanukah and others Hanukkah. These are two different English spellings and neither is incorrect.
Thanksgiving & Hanukkah Recipes