Musicians, entertainers and Manischewitz have posted videos to celebrate this year's historic collision of Chanukah and Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving and Chanukah colliding on the calendar this year could make some people hosting holiday meals nervous. But musicians, entertainers and Manischewitz are trying to make sure people can say, “It’s all gravy.”
Big Teeth Productions parodied Lorde’s hit song “Royals,” with “Oils,” which tells the story of the Thanksgivukkah miracle. What do they say about this year’s once-in-a-lifetime celebration? “We don’t care. We’ll throw our dreidels in the air.”
Listen Up!, a Jewish a cappella group, offered a more serious take on the holiday with the “Thanksgivukkah Melody,” which features the Hebrew song “Hava Narima” intertwined with “Simple Gifts,” a 19th-century Shaker song.
The kosher food company Manischewitz has launched Thanksgivukah.com which features holiday e-cards, recipes for dishes such as stuffing latkes and a rap battle parody video. (Manischewitz wasn't the first to make a website for the joint holiday, however. A marketing professional from Massachussetts trademarked the word “Thanksgivukkah," with two ks and created thanksgivukkah.wordpress.com to mark the occasion.)
In the Manischewitz parody video, a giant turkey tells a dreidel to “go back to December. We don’t need no Maccabees!” with an “Oh, Chanukah! Oh Chanukah!” melody in the background. The dreidel says he can’t understand the turkey “over those wobbly jowls.” But eventually the two embrace Thanksgivukkah, start frolicking through a park and share a meal filled with Manischewitz products.
Hosts of the radio show, “Dish Nation,” built on Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song,” by performing a ditty that talks about famous Jews like Jake Gyllenhaal and Jonah Hill who will “eat candied yams but pass on the ham,” and implores people to “ go to crazy with the ladle and spin the freaking dreidel.” (The singer of a Jerusalem-based rock band also created another parody based on Sandler's original Thanksgiving and Chanukah tune.)
And if you haven't heard enough riffs on "What Does the Fox Say?", a silly yet catchy pop song featuring choreographed dancing in the woods that Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis released this fall, here's another one for Thanksgivukkah: "What Does Your Mom Say?"
Lastly, this amateur quartet seemed to have way too much fun frolicking around New York as they sang "All I Want for Thanksgivukkah Is Jews," based on Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas is You." As they note in their own "movie rating screen" before the song starts, be forewarned that this clip contains OS (off-key singing) and ES (excessive schmaltziness).
While all these songwriters have produced entertaining videos, not everyone is embracing the holiday. Stephen Colbert warns the nation that this anomaly on the calendar could have disastrous consequences.
“Now instead of drawing a hand turkey, we’ll be expected to draw a hand menorah,” he cautions. “It’s impossible. You need both hands to make the menorah and then what do you draw with?”