Why is this first night of Hanukkah (or Erev Hanukkah as we refer to it in the Jewish religion) different from all other first nights of Hanukkah for the next 70 thousand some odd years? (I heard someone ask....). This is the first (and last for our purposes) time that the first night of Hanukkah falls on the Eve of Thanksgiving. The last time this happened, Thanksgiving had not been invented.
I have already acknowledged this by buying each pair of GREAT niece and nephew children of my nieces a Menurkey. (This is the NJ pair) The kids have to cooperate if they want to paint their menurkies. I am eager to see the outcome. The holiday has been dubbed Thanksgivukkah.
This year Erev Hanukkah is also the day of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloon inflation. Last year, I discovered that the balloon inflation starts earlier than you would think. This year A Guide Named Sue (that's me) is leading a leisurely morning family friendly stroll through Central Park to the balloon area in the morning.
You can read about and book the tour here. (Children under 12 are free).
Then we'll head to Central Park South and Fifth Avenue for the lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah around 5:30. I will bring my iMenurkey App so we can have a private social media candle lighting as well. Afterwards you are on your own. Some may go back to the balloon inflation. I will be heading home to glean a high end food market with my synagogue. All the food will be transported to several food pantries.
If I don't see you, Happy (once and only) Thanksgivukkah!