This year, the first day of Hanukkah (25 of Kislev) happens to fall of Thanksgiving. It’s a big day for American Jews and the people who love them (and their food). We might as well go all out this time because this fortuitous collision of dates apparently won’t happen again for another 70,000 years, and we may be busy then.
So here we are in a double bind: Thanksgivukkah meal extravaganza to plan (sweet potato latkes? Matzo stuffing?) AND eight crazy nights of gifts for the fam! Zorg zich nit, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few gift ideas you can pick up at Amoeba or order online at Amoeba.com (free shipping to the U.S.)!
For the Music Lovers:
-- Anything on the Idelsohn Society label, particularly Twas The Night Before Hanukkah. This two-CD set celebrates the duel role of Hanukkah and Christmas music. With songs by Woody Guthrie, the Ramones, Bob Dylan, Dinah Shore, The Klezmatics, Sammy Davis Jr., Mickey Katz, and so many more.
-- Erran Baron Cohen Presents: Songs In The Key Of Hanukkah is sure to liven up any T-giving table. Get ready for an electronic take on traditional tunes with some wacked-out beats. It's fun and yes, Erran Baron Cohen IS Sacha's brother!
-- Earlier this year, the fine folks at Putumayo released Putumayo Presents: A Jewish Celebration, a collection that spans genres across the Jewish Diaspora. From Moldava to Uganda, tango to ska, there's something for everyone.
-- Here's a find for you rare vinyl hounds! Cultural mashup at its finest with Mazeltov, Mis Amigos by Juan Calle And His Latin Lantzmen, released in 1961.
For the Film Buff:
-- This film should be on everyone's Thanksgiving and general holiday list...yes, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. Give the gift of an autumnal favorite.
-- Who you gonna call when Hanukkah is threatened by Santa Claus’ evil son Damian (played by Andy Dick)? The Hebrew Hammer! That's who!
-- A Serious Man may not be the most uplifting film to watch during the holiday season, but following the story of Larry Gopnik's biblical levels of suffering in 1960's Minnesota leads to some appropriate religious catharsis in the viewer.
-- Do you remember the Hanukkah scene in An American Tail?! There is one. And the film is heartwarming and also gut-wrenching.