Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington

What do Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have in common? This year, they share a day!

In a merger of traditions and celebrations, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will both occur on November 28.

But both holidays share more than a date. 

ThanksgivingThanksgiving had been celebrated in America for hundreds of years, but the date was left up to the states. It was officially proclaimed a national holiday by President Lincoln in 1863, to be celebrated annually on the last Thursday of November.

The tentacles of commercialism influenced a date change in December 1941. Thanksgiving was officially moved to the fourth Thursday of November in the hopes of benefiting the economy with an earlier celebration. 

HanukkahHanukkah commemorates the successful Maccabean revolt against the Greeks in 162 BC. When they prepared to cleanse the Temple in Jerusalem, they discovered they had only enough consecrated oil to keep the lamp lit for one day. But as the story is told, the supply of oil miraculously lasted for eight days, long enough to prepare and consecrate a new supply of oil.

Both holidays commemorate thankfulness for provision. Whether it’s the Pilgrims celebrating food and friendship offered by the Native Americans or the Jewish people celebrating God’s miraculous provision of oil, the focus is on needs that were met in unexpected ways.

For my Jewish friends, may you have a Happy Hanukkah as well as a Happy Thanksgiving. For my Christian friends, may you celebrate Thanksgiving with gratitude for God’s faithful provision for our greatest need, the need for a Savior who rescued us from sin and restored us to the Father.

In honor of this melding of traditions and celebrations, here’s a link to a recipe for Sweet Potato Latkes!

Enjoy this pleasant convergence of two wonderful celebrations next week. It won’t happen again until the year 79,811!

Search by category:

You May Also Like

National Tell the Truth Day

National Tell the Truth Day

National Tell the Truth Day   Has telling the truth become an exception? Or is it simply entertaining? The...

The Secret to True Success

The Secret to True Success

The Secret to True Success   ’Tis the season of graduations…and graduation speeches. And almost every speech will...

Saturday: The Day Between

Saturday: The Day Between

Saturday: The Day Between   We know about Maundy Thursday: the day Jesus celebrated Passover and shared His last...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

I accept the Privacy Policy

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Subscribe to Ava's Newsletter

Subscribe to Ava's Newsletter

Sign up to receive Ava’s quarterly newsletter and occasional emails for information & inspiration!

You have Successfully Subscribed!