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Thanksgivukkah: Merged Holidays

Reading through the Wall Street Journal, I learned about a new holiday--one that hasn't occurred since 1888. It's now being called "Thanksgivukkah."

What is Thanksgivukkah you might ask?

It's one of those rare days when America's Thanksgiving Day falls on the first day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

It seems appropriate that on a day when most Americans will gather around the dinner table to thank God for our blessings, Jews will celebrate God giving them victory over the Greeks in the second century B.C..

Hannukah is a joyous holiday of spinning dradles and singing songs. One candle of the Menorah is lit each night for eight nights representing the eight days of miraculous light God provided the Jews, though they only posessed one day's worth of lamp oil.

This year as you stuff the turkey (and your stomach) with the fruits of the Fall harvest, and as you settle in to watch the Lions beat the Packers, or the Cowboys lose to the Raiders, remember how God did a miracle to deliver the Jews from the Greeks. Thank Him for blessing you--and this great nation. Think about how He blesses individuals and nations who obey Him.

Enjoy it while you can. We won't get another chance in our lifetimes to celebrate Thanksgivukkah. It won't happen again for another 70,000 years!

So, as you await the arrival of this rare, merged holiday, enjoy an all-time classic from comedian Adam Sandler singing the Hanukkah Song!

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