It is hard to get my teeth around the fact that Hanukkah is almost here! Isn’t it only the middle of November? Yes, I know Thanksgiving is the last Thursday of November, and this year it is a little later than usual, but still, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving at the same time? It has not happened since we have lived in this country, almost 18 years now! So, what does this mean for someone who is thinking of what to make for her cooking blog? Get creative and combine the two. I have tried to do just that, and have included some fun and different recipes.
Thanksgiving is a holiday I really enjoy. We did not celebrate Thanksgiving in South Africa, so it was new to us when we came here. However, it was the one holiday that I found so easy to embrace. It has no religious connotations, and it is a time of getting together with family, or as is our case where we don’t have family close by, with close friends who are like your family. I thank our American friends, I trust you know who you are, for teaching us the traditions of Thanksgiving, and for welcoming us into their homes and making their family ours too.
Hanukkah is also a holiday I enjoy. It holds lots of wonderful memories of my life back in South Africa growing up, of the wonderful Hanukkahs I celebrated when living in Israel, and the many happy times here in the States. It is also a time of sadness for me as two very very important people in my life, my Grandfather z”l and my father z”l died around Hanukkah time. It is hard to light the Menorah and sing the blessings and Maoz Tzur without thinking of them. Yet I remind myself, as is so apt for this year, we must be thankful for the memories and the legacy each of them left and I am thankful each day for all I have – my family, friends and above all my health.
So, enjoy the recipes to combine this special Thanksgiving Holiday with the celebration of the miracle of Hanukkah.