Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Giving Thanks For The Fire That Burns In All of Us
I am certainly not even close to catching up to the thousands of bloggers who are talking about this year’s first merging of two iconic American Holiday traditions since the late 1800’s – Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, also coined Thanksgivukkah, among other cutesy holiday sniglets.
Being both American and Jewish (at least by birth on both counts) and an Anthropologist with narcissistic tendencies, I am inclined to ponder the two traditions and what they signify both separately and as a joint effort. Traditions are actually one of my favorite things as a general rule. While I might not religiously observe most traditions I do observe them. The reason: traditions and ritual are the same thing and rituals remind us that we are human. They connect us in spite of our differences to remind us of our similarities and shared history. The rituals and traditions that surround our holidays and celebrations remind…
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