Happy Hanukkah!  This year, Hanukkah has returned to its usual place under the Christmas-Hanukkah-themed umbrella by falling on Tuesday, December 16, just a week before Christmas.  Last year, a strange anomaly occurred during the holiday season that landed Hanukkah on Thanksgiving Day.  That ripple in time

changed “Christma-kah” to “Hanukkah-giving” for the first time in decades.  Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication, begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 16 and begins an eight-day celebration.
Hanukkah always starts at sundown on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, which follows the lunar Jewish calendar.  Basically, the lunar calendar is about two weeks shorter than the 365-Day Calendar. 

The “Christma-kah” celebrations for blended Christian and Jewish families will be around for decades.  Calculations may vary, but the next time Hanukkah lands on Thanksgiving day will be in 2070 or 2165. 

Kris Dugan