Hanukkah happens every year, and it is always the same old deal. No. Really it is always fun, but this year I am a little bummed about Hanukkah since I won't be at home for it. My favorite parts of the holiday are watching my dad try to light the seemingly trick candles on the menorah, my mom's ridiculous latkes, and hearing my brother butcher all of the Hebrew prayers. He just makes up words in English that sort of rhyme with the Hebrew, and it is hilarious. In the twenty years of his life, my brother has never made it past "Baruch atah Adonai..." in any prayer without inventing new words.
Since Hanukkah had to be so dang early this year, I am missing out on all those awesome parts. So I have created a new tradition for myself called Mel Brooks Hanukkah (or Brooksnukah, if you wish). This year I will be commemorating the Maccabees' success by watching a Mel Brooks movie each night of Hanukkah. Each film will be one little candle lit on my mind menorah, keeping me fuzzy warm on these cold nights. I started the first night with Blazing Saddles and am continuing on from there. The rest of my list includes The Producers, Young Frankenstein, History of the World: Part I, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and High Anxiety. In honor of the hysterical career of the recently departed Leslie Nielsen, I will conclude Brooksnukkah with Dracula: Dead And Loving It.
I know that I missed some classics, of course. There are only eight nights, so gimme a break. That means more for next year! And a new Cohen family tradition is born.