This year, for the first time in our lifetime and not for another 79,000 years, the first night of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. There will be a food mash-up commemorating the staying power of the Pilgrims and the exceptional valor of the Jews. Imagine the luscious smells and mouthwatering tastes of sweet potato kugel, challah stuffing, potato lutkes with apple cranberry sauce combined with a traditional Thanksgiving menu.
Of course, the dinner of scrumptious culinary treats and lovely laid tables is not the only custom celebrated on this day. The excitement of lighting the first candle on the Menorah and the exchange of gifts brings a sparkle to this gastronomical event.
Organizational expert, Peter Walsh, suggests 10 steps to a stress free holiday.
1) Get enough sleep
2) Shop when others are not
3) Make room for new gifts by purging unwanted items
4) Set a budget
5) Prepare your children
6) Prepare as much food ahead as possible
7) Splurge on cleaning and/or other services i.e. Judie Kaplan Personal Concierge
8) Ask for help and delegate
9) Set a deadline for shopping and wrapping
10) Learn to say no to overnight guests’ demands
HAPPY THANKSGIVUKKAH to all. May your holiday be blessed and plentiful!