Consider a turkey that is fed every day. Every single feeding will firm up the bird's belief that it is the general rule of life to be fed every day by friendly members of the human race "looking out for its best interests," as a politician would say. On the afternoon of the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, something unexpected will happen to the turkey. It will incur a revision of an assumption or belief.
For the first time since 1888, a rare calendrical phenomenon will mean Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day, making for some a once-in-a-lifetime event. In a rare convergence of the calendar, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights that typically commences close to Christmas, fall on the same date in 2013: Nov. 28. And Thanksgivukkah has become a bold platform for expression, with creations ranging from sweet-potato latkes to the "Menurkey."
Once in a lifetime, the candles meet the turkey.
How excited will people get over the idea of lighting candles and eating turkey and stuffing on the same night? Thanksgivukkah isn't set to happen again for potentially another 70,000-plus years.
The "Menurkey" is a menorah made in the shape of a turkey.
While Hanukkah, which commemorates a Jewish military victory over Greek forces in the second century B.C. and the miracle of a day's worth of lamp oil lasting for eight, is technically a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar, it has become increasingly prominent in the past century as part of the broader seasonal push.
Sources: The Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2013 and BloombergBusinessWeek, November 25, 2013
For traditionalists, here is the story of the first North American Thanksgiving: http://coachingtip.blogs.com/coaching_tip/2006/11/thanksgiving_16.html