Can you believe it’s already the last Tuesday of November? You know what that means, don’t you? Christmas is right around the corner! I’m not ready. Being in a state of flux kind of does that to you.
As I’ve been buying presents for the kids, I’ve been making a side trip to the storage unit to stash them – that makes it less likely they’ll see them since we’re sharing the same space. I even had to sneak out to RiteAid to pick up the 5-foot Santa decoration the kids were enamored with (OK, I was, too):
It’s actually pretty cool, and it was on sale for half-price, so I couldn’t resist. Of course it immediately went to the storage unit – I plan to set it up when the kids least expect it to surprise them closer to Christmas.
I better make sure I plan accordingly so I can fetch any surprises and the gifts to wrap before they end up on their Winter Break. I’m hoping we’ll be in our new house by then so I will have plenty of places to hide things – and hopefully not forget where the hiding place is like I am wont to do.
But first we have Thanksgiving – one of my favorite holidays! This year my parents will get to enjoy my usual Thanksgiving feast, since I’ll be making it for them. It’ll be nice to share that with immediate family, something I’ve missed doing the 16 years I was in Pennsylvania 3000 miles away.
For those of my friends who observe/celebrate Hanukkah, apparently this year it’s an even more auspicious event, as this Thursday will be a once in a many-lifetime event of the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving converging on the same day.
The last time it happened was 1888, or at least the last time since Thanksgiving was declared a federal holiday by President Lincoln. The next time won’t be for another 79,043 years from now, by one calculation.
Did you hear about the genius 9-year-old boy from New York who invented the “Menurkey“? He raised more than $48,000 on Kickstarter for his already trademarked, Turkey-shaped menorah:
From what I understand, the overlap this year is because according to the Jewish calendar, this is a leap year – which means that an entire extra month is added to the calendar. Because of that, most major Jewish holidays moved up by nearly a month.
Add to that the late date of Thanksgiving for this year, and you’ve got a convergence of holidays that comes once in many, many generations.
OK, that’s a wrap for this week – you know the drill, link up and join in the fun, everyone is welcome – random or not. Be sure to visit your fellow randomizers so they don’t feel so lonely.
Keeping the random alive – feel free to snag a badge and play along – one for my wino friends:
And one for my non-wino friends:
I’m also linking up with two stellar ladies, Shawn and Impulsive, the lovely hosts of Talk To Us Tuesday. Though they’ve been AWOL for a few months – we might need to storm their castle and find out if they fell in their moat or something.
More Tuesday hops – if you’re stopping by here from there, please do me a favor and follow via LinkyFollowers – since I was robbed of my GFC followers when the cads at Google decided to boycott non-Blogger blogs. The Tuesday hops seems to have diminished – if you have one let me know and I’ll add you here, too!