This year we are fortunate to experience a rare occurrence that will not happen again for many years. This is such a special occasion that should be acknowledged with unique holiday cards. Do you know what day we are referring to? November 28, 2013 is not only Thanksgiving Day, but also the first day of Hanukkah.
There is a lot of publicity regarding this unique holiday blend, with one article in particular giving a good explanation of how and why this occurred. It is also interesting to learn how some of the families will be dealing with this doubled up holiday. For those curious about why these holidays overlapped this year, it basically is because of the different calendars that are used to calculate holidays. In the U.S., Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.
Hanukkah starts on the same date, but using a calendar system that is different from the calendar we are most familiar with using. Hanukkah is found in the Hebrew calendar every year on the 25th of the month of Kislev. This calendar is a lunar/solar calendar that determines months according to the phases of the lunar calendar and the years by the sun. Another interesting note, a Jewish-American physicist calculated when this overlapping holiday would occur next. Since the Jewish calendar is drifting apart from the solar calendar, he expects the next time this will happen is in 77,798 years. That seems to be a great reason to celebrate the special day this year.
One great way to mark this special day is with unique cards that will let you express your holiday greetings. Make note of this rare and very special occasion with a warm handwritten note to add a personal message. It always seems to mean a little more when your personal greeting is included.
Many families will be respectfully blending both holidays together following traditions and religious dietary laws. Many will be enjoying the traditional turkey with various side dishes including potato dishes that exclude dairy products, so they will skip the sour cream with their potato latkes. It will still be a very memorable holiday that can be enjoyed with family, friends and of course great food.
We will be very happy to assist you with your choice from our selection of cards for all the various holidays when you contact us.