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December 21, 2014 12:38 pm

Feeling Empty Without Thanksgivukkah

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A "Thanksgivukkah" t-shirt offered by the Judaica retailer There isn't really a point to wear one this year... or for thousands of years. Photo: – A year ago, the convergence of Thanksgiving Day and the first day of Hanukkah created a once-in-75,000-years media stir, leading to in-depth calendar analysis as well as the creation of special menus and merchandise. Indeed, “Thanksgivukkah” was all the rage—which leaves me with a rather empty feeling at the start of Hanukkah 2014, given the roughly three-week gap between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Christmas also misses out on overlapping with Hanukkah this year, but more narrowly—with the 8th and final day of Hanukkah falling Dec. 24, a day before Christmas.

Despite the lack of a novelty factor, the one-year anniversary (on the Hebrew calendar) of Thanksgivukkah—if you even consider it an “anniversary,” given that there’s no overlap—presents an opportunity for some shameless self-promotion. Take a trip back in time and read my story from last year on Dana Gitell, the Massachusetts-based marketing professional who actually coined the term Thanksgivukkah, here.

And now, the countdown until the next Thanksgivukkah continues. 74,999…

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