Usually, I wouldn't even dream of putting a challah-stuffed turkey with a Manischewitz marinade in my mouth. This year, I might have to make an exception, because Thanksgivukkah is coming.
Thanksgivukkah is the overlap of Hanukkah, the eight-day-long Jewish Festival of Lights, and Thanksgiving. We're lucky that the most recent occurrence was only 125 years ago; the next time the two holidays intersect is more than 70,000 years away.
For this reason, I'm more excited for Hanukkah than ever. And I'm in good company; the holiday has become a pop-culture phenomenon, with devoted Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. Browsing through blogs, I've seen the strangest combinations of turkey, cranberries, and gelt (the gold coins traditionally used to play dreidel) imaginable. My family is even going to a latke-tasting event, where the traditional potato pancakes are supplemented with sweet potatoes and stuffing. I'm most looking forward to the cranberry sufganiyot (doughnuts filled with jelly, usually raspberry, and served on Hanukkah nights).
The holiday has perfect timing. This year is the first one in about a decade that I will celebrate Thanksgiving in California. Rather than flying back East, my immediate family is hosting a small number of grandparents and cousins. The holidays' intersection creates a convenient two-birds-with-one-stone situation. Not only can we enjoy our traditional Thanksgiving feast as one big family, we also get to light Hanukkah candles together for the first time.
I'm grateful for that. Preparing for the big day, I've come to realize that Thanksgiving isn't all that different from Hanukkah. The two holidays are about life: celebrating it, fighting for it and, most of all, enjoying it. The details might differ -- the Jews fought the Greeks, the Pilgrims battled hunger -- but on both holidays, we recall the importance of appreciating what we were given. We give thanks to those we take for granted, and we remember how lucky we are. We honor our ancestors' memory by reliving their struggles and celebrating their triumphs.
That's the beauty of Thanksgivukkah: It reminds us that, no matter what holiday we celebrate or religion we follow, our conflicts and our victories are not that different.
The Life in Perspective board is made up of teens who write for the features sections. Maya Sweedler attends Los Gatos High School. Reach her at email@example.com.