You may have heard a new term being thrown around lately, a combination of the words “Thanksgiving” and “Hannukah”. In other word, Thanksgivukkah. This neologism was created by marketer Karen Coleman and first appeared on a greeting card.
Hanukkah, known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the victory of Maccabee warriors against Greek rulers who had outlawed Jewish worship in ancient Israel; the re-dedication of the Jews’ holy Temple in Jerusalem; and the miracle of one day’s ration of oil burning for eight days.
Because the Jewish calendar is lunar-based and about two weeks shorter than the commonly used solar calendar, Jewish holidays fall slightly differently every year. This year, the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving Day.
The last time this happened was in 1888, and it’s believed that the convergence won’t happen again for another 70 millenia.
We thought that was cause for celebration, so we sat down with our B. 1802 blacksmith and created a commemorative menorah.
Normal menorahs have 7 candles for each day of the week. Hanukkah Menorahs have 9 because of the miracle when there was enough oil to last 8 days (the 9th candle is to light the rest of them).
Always thinking practically, we designed a modular menorah so that each component could be used individually as a candle holder, a bud vase, bookends or even a salt cellar. Forged out of solid iron, they’ll probably last another 70,000 (years when the next Thanksgivukkah rolls around)