Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Converge for “Thanksgivukkah” for the First Time Since 1888!

thanksLB1The last time Thanksgiving and Hanukkah occurred on the same night was 1888. According to one calculation, this convergence will not happen again for another 77,798 years. This year, November is Thanksgiving and the first full day of the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, which begins at sundown the previous night.fallbeach1

If you practice both, you may be wondering how you can address both holidays on the same feast table and decorate to accommodate both holidays. The design team at Allen’s Flower Market of Long Beach has some tips of making the most of this convergence without making extra work during an already hectic time.

Decorating the Table for Thanksgivvukah  

To make the most of both holidays, including acknowledging the traditions and symbols of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, here are some ways you can integrate both at your dining table and throughout your home.

  • Create individual centerpieces to accompany each place setting or use a single flower like a rose or orchid. Then, add a decorative dreidel to pay homage to Hanukkah as well.falllb5
  • Order small and large centerpieces as well as bouquets to put throughout the family table and on tables in a foyer to welcome guests, using the traditional colors of each holiday in the flower arrangements.
  • Have Allen’s Flower Market of Long Beach take a family heirloom like a vase or bowl and use this as the base for a special holiday flower arrangement.   Hanukkah2
  • Rather than deciding on a menorah versus having a cornucopia – a key symbol of each holiday – why not use both or add something that incorporates both. This could be what many are calling a menurkey. They can be made out of gourds, wood, or metal, paying tribute to the symbols of both holidays.
  • Use candles everywhere as they are important symbols for both holidays. You can put them in the centerpieces as well as set up hurricane candles on sideboards and mantels throughout the home.

Time to Place Your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Flower Arrangements Now!

Orders are already coming in for Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, including flower arrangements, flower centerpieces, gifts and more. Now is the time to place your holiday flower and gift orders so you can get exactly what you want and also take advantage of many of our holiday sales and holiday promotions at our Long Beach flower shop and online through our website and Facebook page. Hanukkah1

Yom Kippur is September 14, 2013

tropicalafm5Every year, Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement, happens on a different year, according to the Hebrew calendar. This blog post provides some information on this holy day in the long list of Jewish traditions and offers some ways that it is commonly celebrated each year.

About Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur signals the end of the Jewish High Holidays after a week and a half that starts with Rosh Hashanah. This holiest of days is about reflection and repentance as well as devotion to God.Spring Fling

Preparing for Yom Kippur

The actual holy day is celebrated with prayer and thought as well as fasting for a twenty-four period. This complete exclusion of food and drink is thought to help focus your mind on reflection and repentance while denying anything associated with your physical being.

The ideal way to spend Yom Kippur is thinking about sins you have committed and figuring out how you can atone for them. This may even involve going to people who you have wronged and asking for their forgiveness.

Services for Yom Kippur are observed at the temple or synagogue. This is the best place to pray and reflect over this holy day. There are different Yom Kippur services throughout the holy day and evening. Depending upon whether you attend an orthodox service or not, there will be different requirements for what to wear.earth2

Celebrations are common, including songs. At sundown, a feast is prepared to nourish everyone after their fasting. It typically includes smoked fish and challah among other dishes.

Decorations for Yom Kippur

For your feast at the end of Yom Kippur, you may want to add some beautiful flowers to decorate the table or add to the festive atmosphere. You may also want to send flowers to loved ones that could not attend as a reminder of this special day and how much they are missed.passoverf1

Whatever you choose, know that Allen’s Flower Market of Long Beach is your local source for fresh, high-quality flowers and flower arrangements.