As you probably well know–from all the media coverage—Thanksgiving and Hanukkah align this year. At first, I resisted this merging of the two holidays: too many traditions that might be diluted. Sweet potato latkes with turkey? Sacrilege!
But today, as I sit here preparing to make pumpkin spoon bread and tangerine wild rice salad for my t-day feast with good friends, I’m embracing the way the the spirits of both holidays do indeed mesh seamlessly. Both holidays are about—or should be about, in our best intentions— gratitude, about finding the light within the dark days, appreciating all the ways we give and receive in our daily lives.
I’ll make the latkes next week, and spin the dreidle, and play the Hanukkah song by Adam Sandler. But today I’ll light candles and eat lots of food with good friends and give the dogs the scraps: saying thank you all the while.
And to you, our dear readers, Holly and I wish you the twin gifts of gratitude and light as we head into winter. Here’s a gift from Albert Schweitzer:
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.