By Sarah Corbin
Conquering blended holiday celebrations in our family can be pretty fabulous. My Aunt converted to Judaism over 30 years ago. My immediate family was raised Catholic. At times when we are together, we celebrate the crossover holidays in high style.
As we started to plan our Thanksgiving celebrations this year, my mother reminded me that indeed Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall at the same time. Thanksgivukkah, as it now is being called, means that businesses and families have to be in order much earlier than before.
Hanukkah begins the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and ends the evening of Thursday December 5th. That's less than a month after Halloween to prepare for something we normally consider a mid winter holiday.
Of course for my immediate family, on a year when my cousins are coming into town - it gives us a great excuse to bring out our menorah's, buy nut free chocolate gelt and play dreidel over and over again, which we love. I have a set of Hannukah inspired cookie cutters and we can make a turkey or two with the batch.
Many of our local retailers already have out offerings of dreidels and menorah's.
The big shopping event of the season happens this Sunday with West Suburban Temple's Hanukkah Bazaar. This Sunday November 10 from 9am-12pm WSTHZ will be sellinga large selection of menorahs, dreidels, jewelry, music, toys - even gifts for family and pets.
I know I'll be buying new dreidels for our celebration and game playing this year.