I’m so glad that Hannukah gets eight nights all to itself this year. Often it has to share a day with Christmas, and last year, the second night even fell on Thanksgiving, creating the immortal Thanksgivukah!

10857961_1579635708924774_7170777886334600862_nSo, since it falls on otherwise-unoccupied dates this time, Hannukah gets its own column from me.

But there’s not much to ever say about it, expect to wish all my peeps a happy one.

The one observation I have about this holiday, especially as a writer (and a stickler for all things spelling and grammar and speaking correctly,) is that I’ve always been uncomfortable about the spelling of it.

As I even just typed the word into the title of this column, I got unsure of myself. I know there are different spellings of the word, but writing it still makes me anxious. I always want to do right by the English language.

I notice that my hands just usually type it the way I did above. But, in my ever-present attempts to do things right, I just Googled it. And found that, not only is the above correct, along with two alternate ways I would have spelled it, but there are several other, as well!

These are the most popular ones I found: Hanukkah, Chanukah, Hannukah, Chanuka, Chanukkah, Hanuka, Channukah, Chanukka. All I can say is, “Oy gevalt!”

So, no matter how you spell it, if you celebrate it, I wish you a Very Happy Hannukah!


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