Twas the fifth night of Chanukah and all through the house we were cooking latkes, stacking presents, talking, eating and everything else we normally do at our family plus Chanukah party. Friends make up the “plus.”

I’ll be honest, having Thanksgiving and Chanukah collide left me tired! It was tight with just two days before the dinners. But we had fun, and lit up all our menorahs, each having five candles. Our friend Nancy, her first time at our Chanukah celebration, couldn’t believe that we’d light them all. I explained that in past years we’ve done more. Last year it was especially nice since our party was on the eighth night, all the candles were lit.

Here are some shots of our party. One note. Christopher, our older grandson, was extremely camera shy. However, I did get his mom to let me take a good picture of her!

Thanksgivukkah: when Thanksgiving and Chanukah collide!

This is the first time in my lifetime that Thanksgiving falls during Chanukah, and it will probably be the last! The last time this happened was in 1888 and will not happen again until 2070. What is even more strange is the commonality of the two holidays. Thanksgiving is commemorating freedom and abundance; Chanukah is commemorating freedom and re-dedication. So, at the Sandler household, we celebrated both in our very own Thanksgivukkah dinner and candle lighting.

Also, We have a guest photographer for this post. Richard is actually getting used to having my camera with us and my taking images, so he asked if I was going to take pictures of our Thanksgivukkah get together. When I didn’t show any enthusiasm, he looked puzzled. I then explained to him that at every holiday, I’m never there–meaning, I’m always taking pictures and I’m never in them. Forget trying to get out the tripod and do a delayed timing shot. My family can’t sit still that long! When I put the images into the photo album, there are shots of everyone but me.  He decided to remedy the situation.

Here are a few images of our one and only Thanksgivukkah!