Jimmy Kimmel put this year’s collision of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving in perspective Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” when he had kids put on a Hanukkah-Thanksgiving pageant.
It was called “The First Hanukkah Thanksgiving” and it had pilgrims and Native-Americans — and a giant menorah — all participating in a holiday feast.
It was the perfect way to sort out any confusion that might be arising with this year’s clash of the eight-day Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, which starts with the lighting of the first candle on Wednesday night, and Thanksgiving on Thursday (which will be Night Two of Hanukkah).
Hanukkah is coming very early this year, due to the traditional Hebrew calendar. It’s an older calendar than the Roman calendar used by most of the world, and on the Hebrew calendar, the dates of important festivals such as the Jewish holidays can vary greatly from year to year.