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Happy Thanksgivukkah

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The day before I left Paris for the US I noticed ads like the one pictured at right all over town.

JDate, in case you can’t tell from their pretty straightforward logo, is a dating site for Jewish singles.

Days later, while in New York, I saw ads like the one below which alerted me to the confluence of events now known as Thanksgivukkah (since Americans will never turn down an opportunity to portmanteau).

Gobble Tov

People who can math have said that this is the first time in history that both holidays have fallen on the same day, though this is kind of a cheat since Thanksgiving didn’t exist as a nationally recognized date until 1863 and the Hebrew calendar isn’t as immutable as the Gregorian one (has been since 1582). Regardless, I won’t be celebrating either holiday for two simple reasons: I’m not Jewish and I don’t have an oven. (You totally need an oven for Thanksgiving.)

Turkey bread

In French, a turkey glougloute [gobbles].

Here’s hoping that next year I’ll be able to cook up a bird and some green beans and maybe get a fancy bread like the one I saw at Poilâne.

UPDATE: Man, I was really trying to avoid making more SNL references for a while but then HAIM, who appeared on my 2012 Winter Playlistreleased a cover of Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song,” first performed on Weekend Update on December 3, 1994, so I clearly need to link to it.

Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

3 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgivukkah

  1. Since I discovered your blog only recently, I don’t know if you’ve already written about this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/23/AR2005112302056.html

  2. A lot of my friends celebrated Thanksgivukkah this year. Menurkeys and latkes for all!

    You do really need that oven for Thanksgiving, though. Wonder how long our traditional foods have been traditional, since I doubt most early Americans had ovens!

    • I would have wished for an open pit in which to cook a turkey with all the fixin’s, but that seems even less likely in a Paris apartment than a full-size fridge *and* an oven!

      The menurkeys, which I just looked up, were probably festive but no one will live to use one again as this confluence won’t occur for (possibly) thousands of years. Maybe future inhabitants/visitors to Earth will dig them up and postulate that there were mammals with flames growing out of their backsides!

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