If you've paid any attention to the late-night talk show barbs and the wry-witted, pun-centric buzz online, you’ll know that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same date this year. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime cyclical snafu, one that many are enjoying (like Asher Weintraub, 9-year-old inventor of the Menurkey) while many roll their eyes.

The switch for me has meant that while most holiday shoppers are ahead of schedule, I’m already behind. It means my time with family is somewhat condensed—we may power through Turkey Day leftovers as we light the candles each night. A hybrid meal (latkes and gravy, anyone?) has little appeal, so we’ll save our Hanukkah feast for the seventh or eighth night.

My holiday season will end just as others kick into high gear, but I can still look forward to friends, family, and great food in December. Another lesson I've learned: a dreidel is perhaps the most portable instant party hit, any time of year.

Try any of these delicious latke recipes this year, on or around Thanksgiving.