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Another View: Let us celebrate Thanksgivukkah

Published: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Good news – Thanksgivukkah, the heaping holiday platter that combines Thanksgiving and Hanukkah this year, can come again.

Don’t throw your menurkey at me. I’m aware that this year’s exact scenario – in which the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving – may not happen for another 77,030 years. Or 77,798 years. Or possibly ever.

But know that Thanksgivukkah was manufactured – not to mention trademarked and kickstarted and buzzfed. It can be reproduced. Manischewitz, maker of the sweet Kosher wine that fuels Passover seders, dedicated somewhere in the range of $3 million to making this holiday happen. Jews nationwide have cooperated, refraining from putting too much emphasis on the fact that Hanukkah actually started Wednesday night. The first night of Hanukkah will overlap with Thanksgiving in 2070, which really isn’t quite so far away.

Through publicity and perseverance and a whole lot of recipes for challah stuffing, Thanksgivukkah officially is taking place on Thursday.

• Zara Kessler is an assistant editor and producer for Bloomberg View.

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