Twas was the night before Turkey Day
And all through our home
Preparations for family and friends
Were all a-go.
Out came the fall décor
Paper turkeys, fake leaves
Along with menorahs, candles
Dreidels, the frying pan, oil and more.
We set the table
In colors of orange and blue
While combining these festive holidays
Because it seems the right thing to do.
In 2021, the two events are just days apart
Where guests will gather, many or just a few
Laden with pumpkin pies and wrapped gifts in blue
So why not celebrate being an American and a Jew?
The calendar brings us to these days not far apart
Let us blend our feast of abundance
By replacing sweet potatoes with grated and fried
And savor all the dishes with cheers of delight.
We will be reminded of the very old miracle we call Chanukah
Along with the newer holiday of Giving Thanks
For living in a country of freedom
Where we can all commemorate Thanksgivukkah!
My wishes for you during this season as an American and a Jew
Are to be blessed with a table of plenty and leftovers too
Many latkes, doughnuts and eight nights of bright lights
And gifts of an abundance of health and joy in 2022!
As a Baby Boomer Bubbe who still feels 18 but has four grand kids to prove this is the 21 Century, Sandra writes to leave a legacy for the next generations. Her belief that these precious kids need to know their cultural and family’s past in order for them to live their future is all the muse she needs!
She has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Cross Cultural studies, has written a family history, personal memoir and is completing her first novel.
Her grandmother’s journey to America and life is her source for her deep belief and love for Judaism.