Last night was the first night of Chanukah. This business of having Chanukah and Thanksgiving together is a bit much for me. I’m glad it’s not happening again soon, although my husband suggested that if it was agreed to “fix” the Jewish calendar, who knows. I don’t predict a lot of agreeing among Jews.
I did buy a turkey, and I will bake it later today. However, the main thing on the agenda is buying Chinese. Perhaps some of you have heard that Jews traditionally (at least in the U.S.) eat Chinese food on Christmas. Well, in our family we have this tradition for Thanksgiving. Shocking, I know. My children have school on Christmas (the two in Jewish day school – the eldest has off, as he is in college), so they will be eating their usual bagged lunches. We buy the Chinese food from this wonderful kosher restaurant in Manville, New Jersey called Lin’s. Highly recommend the place. Soup is made with a chicken. Vegetables have crunch. Tasty chicken wings. My kids like the wonton soup. You can order brown rice.
The best line I heard recently was from a friend who lives in Beit Shemesh, Israel. Beit Shemesh is home to many Anglo Israelis – meaning, people whose native tongue is English. Many are originally Americans, but other countries speak English as well (say, for example, England). Overheard in the supermarket, a little girl with a British accent said:
Eema, why are all these people buying big chickens?
If you are celebrating a holiday or two, have a good one.