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November 25th, 2013
12:47 PM ET

Eight ways to celebrate Thanksgivukkah

By Daniel Burke, Belief Blog Co-editor

(CNN) - Break out the menurkeys and sweet potato latkes, people, it's time to celebrate Thanksgivukkah, a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

A calendrical quirk brings the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving together this Thursday for the first time since 1888. Scientists say the confluence won't occur again for another 70,000 years, give or take a millennium.

Dana Gitell, a 37-year-old marketing manager for a Jewish nonprofit in Massachusetts, is the mind behind the mashup "Thanksgivukkah."

(If you think that's a mouthful, her other ideas were "Thanksgiving-ukkah" and "Hanukkahgiving," both of which caused our spellchecker to sputter and die.)

But with the right portmanteau in place, the Thanksgivukkah idea caught fire faster than a deep-fried turkey.

Gitell is gathering an online album of Thanksgivukkah celebrations, and says she's received submissions from places like South Dakota and Anchorage, Alaska - outposts not typically known for having vibrant Jewish communities.

Even rabbis from ultra-Orthodox sects like Chabad have jumped on board the Thanksgivukkah bandwagon.

"At first I didn't know how rabbis would respond to something as irreverent as a mashup," Gittel says, "but they almost uniformly embraced it. It's completely kosher."

We don't know if the rabbis approve of everything on our list, because people are sorta going nuts. Must be that once-in-an-eon thing. But without further ado (and with a nod toward Adam Sandler's "Eight Crazy Nights"), here are eight ways to celebrate Thanksgivukkah.

1. Light a menurkey

Leave it to a fourth-grader to create the ultimate Thanksgivukkah icon.

Asher Weintraub came up with the idea during a family trip to Florida last year. The little genius from New York City thought it'd be really cool to have a menorah, the nine-branched candelabrum used to mark Hanukkah, in the shape of a turkey.

Weintraub created a Kickstarter account, raised $50,000, made a 3-D prototype and heroically fended off his father's attempt to rename the thing a "menorkey." Nice job, kiddo.

The father in question, Anthony Weintraub, says he's sold between 6,000 and 7,000 menurkeys, including a few to famous finance experts and owners of National Football League teams.

"I'm beginning to think my life as a menorah salesman isn't over," says Anthony Weintraub.

2. Make a nice Turbrisket 

Let's face it, Thanksgiving was getting pretty gonzo even before meeting Hanukkah. I mean, turducken? But Thanksgivukkah has taken meal mashups to a new level.

You've got your Turbrisket (turkey filled with brisket), your deep-fried turkey, your sweet potato latkes, your cranberry-stuffed knishes, your pumpkin kugel, your pecan pie rugelach - I could go on, but I'll get fat just by typing the rest of the list.

Marlene Eldemire of Cincinnati says her family wanted to make the huge mashup menu Buzzfeed posted earlier this month.

"I told them they can go ahead and make it," Eldemire says with a laugh. "There's no way."

So her family is settling for a few Hanukkah standbys like brisket that'll sit next to the turkey and sweet potatoes this Thursday.

3. Deck the halls for the Challahday

This is another spot where people are getting really creative, says Kali Brodsky, editor of JewishBoston.com.

They're making pumpkin menorahs, Thanksgivukkah coloring books for kids, and table settings that mix and match Hanukkah and Thanksgiving themes.

Rabbi Rachel Silverman of Boston says she's decorating her table with Thanksgiving symbols (a cornucopia, pumpkins, harvest bouquet) and Hanukkah items (a menorah, gold-colored coins called "gelt").

If you're feeling lazy, Brodsky says, you can just print out the Thanksgivukkah place cards JewishBoston has created and set a place for Bubbe.

4. Watch a really big dreidel spin down the streets of New York 

To honor the confluence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, Macy's has created a 25-foot-tall, 21-foot-wide dreidel for its iconic parade.

The "balloonicle" (part balloon, part vehicle) will spin just like a real dreidel, and it's the first time the parade has included a Jewish symbol, according to Macy's.

"Inclusion of the dreidel balloonicle is indicative of both a nod to the rare occasion in which Hanukkah's first day falls on Thanksgiving and of the dreidel's inherent entertainment value," says Macy's spokesman Orlando Veras.

5. Party like it's 165 BC (and 1621 CE) 

Hanukkah, for those who need a refresher course, marks the miracle of the successful defense of the Jewish temple by the Maccabees, an army of Jewish rebels, against the Goliath-like Syrian-Greek army in 165 BC.

One day's supply of oil somehow lit the temple's menorah for eight days, and the rest is history.

The Jewish event and the Pilgrims' arrival in America are both celebrations of religious freedom, says Sherry Kuiper.

At Kuiper's synagogue, Temple Israel in Columbus, Georgia, the kids led a service in which they dressed up like the Maccabees and Pilgrims, traveled in a make-believe time machine, and celebrated Thanksgivukkah together.

The parallel isn't perfect, Kuiper acknowledges. After all, the Native Americans certainly don't celebrate Thanksgiving as the birth of their religious freedom.

But Thanksgivukkah offers a reminder that the more things change, the more some things - like the human need to express gratitude - stay the same, Kuiper said.

6. Kvetch about Thanksgivukkah 

Okay, this one isn't exactly about celebrating.

But it must be acknowledged, some folks just aren't into the Thanksgivukkah spirit.

Thanksgiving was one of the few holidays on which interfaith families didn't have to explain to the kids "why mom believes this and dad believes that," argues Allison Benedikt in a recent Slate column.

"I cannot tell you what a relief it is to have this one major holiday—the best one!—that isn’t in some part about what I am and my husband is not (Jewish), or what he is and I’m not (Christmas-celebrating)," Benedikt says.

(And for just the record, sweet and sour braised brisket with cranberry sauce is an abomination, she says.)

Jennie Rivlin Roberts, whose Judaica store, Modern Tribe, is selling Thanksgivukkah gear like hotcakes, says she understands some of the kvetching.

But a mashup of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah is so much better than the usual "December dilemma," the overlap of the eight-day Jewish holiday and the cultural behemoth know as Christmas, Roberts says.

"With Thanksgivukkah, you're not really mixing two religions, so you can really go for it. People may say it's silly, and yeah, some of it is, but it's also full of fun and joy."

7. Watch a rap battle between a turkey and a dreidel

Julie Benko was stuck on the subway in New York City for two hours, and she was bored. So, she did what any sane person would do - she wrote a song about Thanksgivukkah.

OK, Benko is not your average straphanger. She's something of a Broadway belle, having just returned from playing Cosette on a national tour of "Les Miserables." But that doesn't mean it's any easier to find a rhyme for "Thanksgivukkah."

Still, Benko's klezmer-inspired tune has lots of YouTube competition.

There's the rap battle between a turkey and a dreidel sponsored by Manischewitz. (Yes, they rock it old shul.)

There's the slickly produced "Oils: A Thanksgivukkah Miracle."

And there's this cute little number from the the Kehillah Schechter Academy in Norwood, Massachusetts, called "The Ballad of Thanksgivukkah."

8. Watch a scary movie about stereotypes

After all the candle-lighting and the decorating and eating and the kvetching and the singing, let's face it, you're probably going to be pretty tired.

So why not plop down on the couch to watch the trailer for a Thanksgivukkah-themed horror movie?

"Thanksgivukkah: The Movie" is about a nice gentile family who find their Thanksgiving celebration invaded by a family of ultra-Orthodox Jews. Jokes about religious stereotypes ensue.

We don't know if the trailer, which is made by Jewish filmmakers, is completely kosher, but we guess there's enough time for the rabbis to sort it out in time for the next Thanksgivukkah.

So, that's it. We"ll see you next Thanksgivukkah, in 70,000 years or so.  In the meantime, Gobble tov, my friends.

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Food • Judaism • Kosher • Traditions • Trends

soundoff (527 Responses)
  1. Thought Purification

    Hope one day, Ramadan and Hanukkah falls on the same day and people around the world, if religions are still around, celebrate Ramanukkah!!

    November 25, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
    • lol??

      Egyptians are partial to Ramen noodles.

      November 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
  2. Age of Reason

    ...Thomas' Jefferson & Paine, Napoleon Bonaparte, Bertrand Russell, Sir Edward Gibbon, Charles Bradlaugh (US Civil War General), Kersey Graves (founder Massachessetts Humanist Society), Friedriche Nietzche, Francois Voltaire et. al, all stated that "JESUS CHRIST" never existed, therefore, he DID not exist and DO NOT believe in him!

    Thanksgiving has nothing to do with "GOD" (whatever that is) and should be a reflection on our community and ourselves!
    The above stated is in accordance with our Founding Fathers philosophy which is DEISM.

    November 25, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      You may know that the whole world could say that something is so and that would no more make it so than the claim of a single person. That is a common error believers fall into.

      November 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
    • Doris

      The first five presidents including John Adams, James Madison & Thomas Jefferson were strongly influenced by Deism, as was Benjamin Franklin:

      “some books against Deism fell into my hands; . . . The arguments of the Deists . . . appeared to me much stronger than the refutation; in short, I soon became a thorough Deist.” (from his Autobiography)

      John Tyler, the 10th POTUS became a Deist.

      Many believe Abraham Lincoln was a Deist.
      John Remsburg, in his book Six Historic Americans (1906), cites several of Lincoln's close associates:

      "After his assassination Mrs. Lincoln said: 'Mr. Lincoln had no hope and no faith in the usual acceptance of these words.' His lifelong friend and executor, Judge David Davis, affirmed the same: 'He had no faith in the Christian sense of the term.' His biographer, Colonel Lamon, intimately acquainted with him in Illinois, and with him during all the years that he lived in Washington, says: 'Never in all that time did he let fall from his lips or his pen an expression which remotely implied the slightest faith in Jesus as the son of God and the Savior of men.'"

      William Howard Taft, brought up as a Unitarian like Adams, is the only U.S. President to also have held the office of Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court:

      "I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe."

      ========

      The Deistic side of John Adams comes out strong in these paragraphs A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America (1787-1788)

      "The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.

      Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind."

      November 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
  3. Ben

    Personally I'd like to throw out the whole Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas stretch of religious excess and then celebrate a new holiday, Idontgiveafukkah, to just spend time with friends and family.

    November 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
    • Paul

      Yo. Dude. I raise a pint to that idea.

      November 25, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • Doris

      document.getElementById('LikeButton').click();

      November 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • Wong Gupta

      That's exactly what most people in Asia celebrate. Band together and celebrate with them.

      November 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
      • Timmy

        Nothing wong with that.

        November 25, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
      • lol??

        It's well known the commies celebrate capitalism as long as the new boss is same as old boss.

        November 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Hmmm, kind of sounds like Festivus, for the rest of us!

      November 25, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
  4. Maddy

    How about setting a brand new tradition here on BB and start posting things that make a modicum of sense?

    November 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • Maddy

      Meant for lol?? the loon.

      November 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
      • lol??

        methylmercury bad for loons.

        November 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
        • Maddy

          Then I suggest you stop injecting it directly into your veins.

          November 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
    • Ben

      Good suggestion but that is almost impossible if religion remains the topic.

      November 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
    • midwest rail

      The topic could be anything, and there is no "modicvm of sense" to be found in lol?? world. There is only the clinical insanity that is on public display here.

      November 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • lol??

      methylmercury bad for madd hatters, too.

      November 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
      • Maddy

        Then, again, stop injecting it, loon.

        November 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  5. lol??

    How 'bout a new Islamic tradition with AK-47's being fired in the air, followed by an AKurkean meal of fallen Canadian geese and bacon, errr Bison.

    November 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
    • Ben

      That's close to making sense. Wassup?

      November 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • yoozyerbrain

      Hey lol remember, those of us who don/t subscribe to your particular fantasy find your particular fantasy just as hateful and evil as islam. All of the abrahamic nonsense is hateful nonsense....so maybe stuff your particular bigotry for today...

      November 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
      • lol??

        Yoooze don't have to hate yer own fear. Just come to terms with it. Your bigotry should vanish.

        November 25, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
        • Maddy

          Again, you show your disingenuous nature by failing to recognize your bigoted OP.

          Why you consider yourself in any way a Christian is beyond me.

          November 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
      • realitycheck

        I find your particular bigotry and ad hominum attacks aganist people's own personal faith to be just as evil as the radical islamist or zealous crusader.

        November 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • psych ward staff

      I apologize everyone for our nasty little lol?? blogger here. (I'm typing this from my office.) I've tried to get the keyboard away from him several times, but he's bitten several nurses, so if we can just keep him in his bed, that's accomplishing a lot. Just earlier today the wretch caused three of our patients to throw up when he suddenly screamed something into the alphabet soup we had served for lunch. I think he yelled "socheeze" or something like that. He was not happy with all those little letters.

      November 25, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
  6. Woody

    "Scientists say the confluence won't occur again for another 70,000 years, give or take a millennium."

    If the human race is still around in 70,000 years, I'm sure religion, as we know it today, will, thankfully, be long gone.

    November 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • lol??

      Ah yes, a confluence, a perfect storm for the fluent, or at least for those that have money, insurance, and are tired of remodeling.

      November 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
      • Maddy

        The only thing you're fluid in is gibberish.

        November 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
  7. Angela

    Brady Brunch Thanksgiving

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries&w=640&h=390]

    November 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
  8. Angela

    Here’s my reasoning: if God doesn’t exist, then an abstraction based on God should not exist, either. How can an abstraction exist if it is based on something that supposedly does not exist?

    November 25, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      It is OK to say that a category does not exist, gods, for example. But if you say God does not exist, you've instantiated God – made it exist at least as something about which you go on to say "it does not exist."

      November 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
  9. Angela

    Is nothingness something?

    November 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
  10. Robert Brown

    Christ died for our sins,
    as the Scriptures say.
    4 He was buried,
    and three days later
    he was raised to life,
    as the Scriptures say.
    5 Christ appeared to Peter,
    then to the twelve.
    6 After this, he appeared
    to more than five hundred
    other followers.
    Most of them are still alive,
    but some have died.
    7 He also appeared to James,
    and then to all
    of the apostles.

    November 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
    • sam stone

      sin is a man made concept

      the scriptures are an iron age comic book

      November 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
      • Robert Brown

        Sin aside Sam, have you done anything wrong?

        November 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
        • yoozyerbrain

          Why ask that Rb? Lookin to make some judgements?

          November 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
        • Robert Brown

          I certainly didn't mean to run Sam off, just wanted to see what he thought of wrong doing.

          November 25, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
        • Paul

          Got free range to do what you want in the buybull, even to go after your daughter.

          November 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
        • Robert Brown

          Yes Paul, the bible does accurately record the total depravity of the human family.

          November 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
        • Paul

          Stow your B S Robby. The buybull says go do her, not just it was done.

          November 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
        • Robert Brown

          What?

          November 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
        • Joan

          Sup?

          November 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
        • sam stone

          i have made bad choices, yes

          so what?

          November 26, 2013 at 5:20 am |
    • yoozyerbrain

      Buncha silly stuff here in the babble, all made, written, and edited by politically motivated humans and heck even mark matt luke and john couldn't get their stories to agree cuz it's all fake. You been lied to and you continue to eat it up, why?

      November 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
      • Robert Brown

        4 gospels written to 4 audiences by 4 authors.

        November 25, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
        • Paul

          And no real god in any of it. Loada crappa.

          November 25, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
      • Robert Brown

        I continue to eat it up because it is soul food.

        November 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
        • Paul

          More like fast food for subaverage brains that can't digest reality.

          November 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
        • sam stone

          Good analogy. Isn't the origin of "soul food" the crap that the owners didn't want, so they fed it to their slaves?

          Servant of Christ?

          Not that I am implying that the relationship between god and those saved souls is a slaveowner/slave one

          oh on

          that would be wrong

          still on your knees, robert?

          has your bloodline been down there for several hundred years?

          November 26, 2013 at 5:48 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Almost assuredly bullsh!t of course, unless you now have some actual evidence for your otherwise unfounded claims.

      November 26, 2013 at 6:14 am |
  11. octodick

    I got 8 d*cks.

    November 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • Octopu**y

      Hey, sailor....

      November 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
  12. Angela

    Does godlessness exist?

    November 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • Angela

      Is nothingness something?

      November 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other One

        Nothing does not exist.

        November 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
        • Angela

          Abstractions exist, and nothingness is an abstraction.

          November 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          So is the following statement true?

          Nothing does not exist or nothing exists.

          November 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
        • Angela

          Brady Brunch Thanksgiving

          [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries&w=640&h=390]

          November 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
        • realitycheck

          Your question: "Is this statement true?" – "Nothing does not exist or nothing exists" is a paradox based upon English language semantics. I fail to see how it proves any point. Funny attempt at a misdirect, though.

          November 27, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  13. Apple Bush

    *Thanksgiving Alert*

    the water dripping behind me was like a single ice cycle dripping faster than it should demonstrating that gravity changes when you are not looking that is why it is smart to buy slip on sneakers and save the best breast meat for sandwiches later

    November 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
  14. Apple Bush

    A man once achieved notoriety when he plastered the walls, ceiling and floor of an entire home with memorabilia from his life. The most sacred of all life’s moments were represented. Birth, marriage, holidays, and death.

    When he sold the house a few weeks later, he was asked why.

    The man said, “Because I want to see how the new owners will choose to decorate the house.” He snapped a photograph of the house and walked away.

    November 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
  15. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    We should give thanks along with Bibi Netanyahu for the multi-lateral deal with Iran that promises greater security for Israel.

    November 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
    • Akira

      Except Bibi and Israel doesn't see it that way.

      November 25, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other One

        I guess not.

        November 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
  16. Apple Bush

    There is a reverse side to reality; I can see it in my feverish dreams

    The power of the anti-world is as frightening to me as a gun to my temple; exciting and dangerous

    So many possibilities yet so few people willing to climb out from the tall grass to embrace the magnificence of being conscious

    Hiding behind fantasies rather than breathing in the thick air of strangeness

    November 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • Bob

      😡

      November 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
      • Bob

        :-*

        November 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
        • Bob

          Smiley are broke.

          November 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Excellent news. Did you break smiley? Good job!

          November 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
        • Bob

          It was totally like that when I got here.

          November 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
  17. Lionly Lamb

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdg63c3c3Cs&w=640&h=390]

    November 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
  18. Apple Bush

    She danced

    Each jewel on her gown flying outward

    Perhaps never to return

    Each shiny gem in a cloud of total darkness

    She danced and she sang

    Her gown twirling like a pinwheel faster and faster still

    Soon to become many

    And many to become light

    And that light to become trillions of sparkles

    Still she danced

    And now the swirls were as giants dancing

    And the dancing giants would collide in beautiful confusion

    And the spinning would last forever

    November 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
  19. Apple Bush

    In rewriting its own history about Thanksgiving, white America tells a Disney-like fairytale about the English pilgrims and their struggle to survive in a new and harsh environment. The pilgrims found help from the friendly Native-American tribe, the Wampanoag Indians, in 1621.

    Unfortunately for Native Americans, the thankfulness of European settlers was short-lived.

    By 1637, Massachusetts governor John Winthrop ordered the massacre of thousands of Pequot Indian men, women and children. This event marked the start of a Native-American genocide that would take slightly more than 200 years to complete, and of course to achieve its ultimate goal, which was to take the land from Native Americans and systematically plunder their resources.

    The genocide begun in 1637 marks the beginning of the conquest of the entire continent until most Native Americans were exterminated, a few were assimilated into white society, and the rest were put in reservations to dwindle and die.

    November 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Oh yeah, happy thanksgiving.

      November 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
      • Angela

        Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Gobble, gobble!

        November 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          I was being sarcastic Angela....

          November 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          For some strange reason I am starting to like you.

          November 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
        • Angela

          Not to me!

          November 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Not to you what?

          November 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
        • Angela

          You weren't sarcastic to me.

          November 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Angela, what is your opinion of the information presented in my post?

          November 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
        • Angela

          The information was very informative!

          November 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Angela, you are short on opinions but that doesn't make you any less strange or attractive. Do you see?

          November 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
        • Bob

          Get a room.

          November 25, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
  20. Angela

    Here are more things that don't exist even though they do:

    Love
    Hate
    Anger
    Peace
    Pride
    Sympathy
    Bravery
    Loyalty
    Honesty
    Integrity
    Compassion
    Charity
    Success
    Courage
    Deceit
    Skill
    Beauty
    Brilliance
    Pain
    Misery
    Beliefs
    Dreams
    Justice
    Truth
    Faith
    Liberty
    Knowledge
    Thought
    Information
    Culture
    Trust
    Dedication
    Progress
    Education
    Hospitality
    Leisure
    Trouble
    Friendships
    Relaxation
    adventure
    energy
    intelligence
    sacrifice
    amazement
    anxiety
    awe
    beauty
    bravery
    chaos
    charity
    childhood
    comfort
    communication
    curiosity
    dedication
    democracy
    determination
    failure
    faith
    fear
    freedom
    friendship
    generosity
    gossip
    happiness
    honesty
    hope
    imagination
    justice
    joy
    kindness
    knowledge
    laughter
    liberty
    life
    luck
    luxury
    materity
    memory
    motivation
    music
    opportunity
    pain
    patience
    perseverance
    pleasure
    power
    pride
    relaxation
    satisfaction
    strength
    success
    talent
    trust
    warmth
    wisdom

    November 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      You are a strange bird.

      November 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • Bob

      Logically, none of those things exist.

      November 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      So that proves the existence of your god? Not really as all the items are simply the outcome of the evolution of apes into h-omo sapiens. Welcome to the human race which will disappear in about three billion years or sooner.

      November 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
      • Angela

        Okay! If you say so!

        November 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • OWL

      Angela,

      Mickey Mouse
      Donald Duck
      Cinderella
      Prince Charming
      Snow White
      Romeo & Juliet
      King Lear
      Moby Dick
      Smurfs
      Gargamel
      Superman
      Lex Luthor
      Harry Potter
      Frodo
      Merlin
      Leprechauns
      Banshees
      Gnomes
      Santa Claus
      Tooth Fairy
      Easter Bunny
      Winnie the Pooh

      (sorry, I'm not taking the time to list the wide array of others)

      November 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
      • Angela

        I have plush toys and action figures of most of these! Nice list!

        November 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.