After what felt like the shortest week I've had in quite a while, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah came to create Thanksgivukkah, a combination of two of my favorite holidays. The last time Thanksgivukkah occurred was 1888, but it won't happen again in our lives, in fact it won't happen for another 70,000 years! It's safe to say this holiday season for me was once in a lifetime. It didn't feel so different at first, but in fact, it turned out to be unique for quite a few reasons.
This holiday season was probably the first time I never actually asked for anything. I was especially thankful for the opportunities my parents provided for me over the years. Being thankful on Thanksgiving made me realize that I didn't need gifts given to me to validate the presence of another holiday. I was also quite thankful for historical significance, and the sheer history of my family. Without all the pieces falling as perfectly as they did, I wouldn't even exist on this planet, let alone be able to come home to a welcoming family after studying at a great academic institution for many weeks and being able to talk about what goes on in and around my life in Denver and at home.
This Thanksgiving featured the usually gorging and stuffing of bellies with well, stuffing, and of course turkey and gravy, mashed cauliflower, roasted brussels sprouts (you have to stay on your diet somehow), mashed potatoes, shrimp cocktail, and potato latkes (Jewish fried potato pancakes) to stay with the theme of Thanksgivukkah. It also saw a lot of basketball.
This Winter break has seen me become especially obsessed with college basketball for some reason. I know I live in North Carolina, but it's only November, and I usually save all of my avid basketball watching for March Madness. I guess it's something to do because it is always on, but even when I go to the gym, I'll shoot some hoops every time I'm there.
A testament to my interest, as well as my dedication to my school is staying up past midnight last night to see our Pioneers play Harvard in the Great Alaska Shootout. Although we didn't win, it was a hard-fought game seeing our school execute its Princeton offense by wearing out its opponents, and to be honest, I was getting worn out just watching. The Pioneers have started out 0-3, losing to three of the greatest academic institutions in the world, Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, and Harvard. They are basically rubbing that in our faces by beating us at athletics, too. Hopefully tonight, the Pios will earn their first win against Pepperdine.
I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving, will continue to have an excellent Hanukkah, and if you celebrate Christmas, ho-ho-hope you have a fantastic time shopping and preparing for the day.