Thanksgiving and Hanukkah rarely occur on the same date, but one such overlap is November 28, 2013. The day was dubbed “Thanksgivukkah.”
One product made specifically for Thanksgivukkah is the “menurkey” (menorah + turkey)—a menorah shaped like a turkey. Hanukkah candles are placed on the menurkey’s feathers.
The menurkey was invented by nine-year-old Asher Weintraub and a trademark was filed on June 11 2013.
Thanksgivukkah is a portmanteau neologism given to the convergence of the American holiday of Thanksgiving and the first day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Thursday, November 28, 2013. It is a result of a rare kink between the lunar Hebrew calendar and the Gregorian calendar. Because the calendars are not calculated the same way, Chanukah appears at a different time each year on the Gregorian calendar.
The last time it happened since Thanksgiving was declared a U.S. federal holiday by President Abraham Lincoln was in 1888. The next time will be 79,043 years from 2013, by one calculation. The phrase was coined by Boston-area resident Dana Gitell who, along with her sister-in-law, created a Facebook page and a Twitter account devoted to the phenomenon.
Thanksgivukkah is characterized by products promoted on and sold online. Funds to produce a turkey-shaped menorah, dubbed “a menurkey” were raised via a Kickstarter campaign. The holiday shopping season will be impacted by the convergence, leading retailers to have earlier holiday promotions.
A menorah + turkey combination
celebrating the once in an eternity event (11/28/13)
when Hanukkah & Thanksgiving overlap!
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The Menurkey: a Menorah + Turkey combination celebrating once in eternity event (11/28/13) when Hanukkah & Thanksgiving overlap!
Visit us at http://www.menurkey.com to order your very own Menurkey!
ROM DREIDELS TO WISHBONES: THANKSGIVUKKAH
by Andria Kaplan
on August 18, 2013
Twitter has been buzzing about Thanksgivukkah for weeks now, there’s even an account for The Menurkey (menorah + turkey).
Celebrate #Hannukah and #Thanksgiving? Our JUST LAUNCHED @Kickstarter is for you! http://kck.st/1d2vZrr #menorah #Thanksgivukkah #menurkey
7:28 AM - 20 Aug 13
Ring in ‘Thanksgivukkah’ With a ‘Menurkey’
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap this year; accessorize accordingly
By Stephanie Butnick|August 21, 2013 7:40 PM
But here to quell our collective holiday mash-up anxiety is none other than nine-year-old Asher Weintraub, inventor and rising fourth-grader, who designed the ultimate Thanksgivukkah accessory: the Menurkey. Yes, that is a menorah-turkey (I’d advise a four-month stay abroad for the Semitically portmanteau-averse), and he’s already teamed up with Makerbot studios to create a 3D-printed prototype. I’m happy to report that the hybrid hanukkiah is actually pretty adorable.
Word Mark MENURKEY
Goods and Services IC 021. US 002 013 023 029 030 033 040 050. G & S: Menorahs in the form of a turkey
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 85956314
Filing Date June 11, 2013
Current Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition October 29, 2013
Owner (APPLICANT) Caroline Susan Baron INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 225 West 106th Street, Apt. 6A New York NEW YORK 10025
Attorney of Record Tamara F. Carmichael
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE