Happy Thanksgivikah

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers, when writers from around the world post 100-word stories based on a photo prompt provided on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog. This week’s photo is by Ted Strutz. Thank you, Ted!

This year, the eight days of Chanukah begin on Thanksgiving eve. This is a rare occurrence, and one to be celebrated. Mazel Tov! Or…Gobble Tov!

Naturally, I had to find some music to celebrate the occasion. The Maccabeats, an a cappella vocal group from Yeshiva University, have received over 10 million hits on their YouTube videos. In addition to being adorable, they are involved in a campaign to save lives by matching potential bone marrow donors with recipients. I’ve also included a link to the Miracle Match charity site below.

May you all have a meaningful Thanksgiving, and a Happy Chanukah!

ferry copyright-ted-strutz

Happy Thanksgivikah

by Jan Brown

Last year I missed New Year’s Eve. I missed my nephew’s bris. This year I’m missing both Chanukah and Thanksgiving: a two-for-one family disappointment.

My handler assures me it’s because of my linguistic skills. It’s hard to find an agent on holidays, particularly one who speaks fluent Pashto and Farsi. I tell him I’m fluent in the romance languages as well, but he’s never asked me to be in Paris or Milan on Rosh Hashanah. Damn it.

I walked onto the empty ferry just before sunset. My parents, my brother, my sister and their families jumped out: “Surprise! Happy Chanukah!”



The Maccabeats have teamed up with Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory” to raise funds for Miracle Match, a bone marrow donor matching campaign. Click here for more info: https://www.makesomemiracles.com/miracle-match-2013


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46 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgivikah

  1. I’ll bet the nephew would have liked to have missed his bris as well. Nice little story, especially for me since I absolutely love “Pashto and Farsi,” which I think is the best buddy cop show since “Starsky and Hutch.” Have a good holiday, Jan! (Is your story in the grid? I didn’t see it there.)

  2. Wonderful, Jan! You know your holidays! Tonight we lit the candles and this Macabeats song is one of my very favorites! Glad you included it. 😉 The way you roll through the holidays and line up the relationships and characters, it’s brilliant! One of my favorites this week. Mazel!

  3. Great happy ending to a really detailed spy story. I love that you could’t escape to Paris for the High Holidays! I myself am an exile – living among strangers in strange lands. All my families are gathering in Kansas City and San Francisco, but I made it back last year for the worst family Thanksgiving experience since my mother married my step father – and he’s been dead for five years – so it must have been really bad. I will stay an exile for a while longer yet…

    • Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m so sorry you had a disastrous Thanksgiving last year. Sometimes it is a happier occasion to be alone–or among friends of one’s choosing. I hope this year was better!

  4. Dear Jan,

    What a wonderful story for the prompt and Thanksgiving. I thought a bris was a barbecue or something. Quite taken aback upon researching it. Have to reset things in the archives of my pea brain.

    Thanks for the story and the music. You’re the best.



    • Dear Janet,

      Obviously someone has mistaken bris for brisket. 😉 Loved this story. Jewish connection aside, it’s well written and well told. Love the song. Glad your pea brain is now set in working order, Doug.



    • Oh, I think your brain is very big–just has too much crammed into it!

      What worries me, is the amount of “old” information I have to dump from my brain cells in order to make room for the new 🙂

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Doug.

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