This year may have been cartoonishly terrible, but here's a reason to celebrate: Hanukkah begins on December 24 and lasts until January 1. You know what that means? It's time to start sharing funny Hanukkah memes to spread that famous holiday cheer. In case you missed it, Hanukkah (sometimes spelled as Chanukah) falls on the same day as Christmas Eve this year, which hasn't happened since 1978 and won't occur again until 2027, eleven years from now. So if you haven't logged on to social media yet, prepare to be see twice the usual number of holiday posts — at least 2016 is ending on a happy note.
As Vox has pointed out, there aren't many Hanukkah movies out there. Fortunately, online culture has no such problem with representation of the holiday; the Internet has never come across an animal, vegetable, mineral, or holiday that it can't turn into a meme. No aspect of Hanukkah is left out: There are memes about latkes, menorahs, and dreidels, and one creative Internet user even made a Star Wars pun. And so, in honor of the beginning of the festival of lights this weekend, here are 11 memes about the holiday to keep you occupied. Enjoy!
1. What A Wonderful Phrase
If you managed to read this without getting "Hakuna Matata" stuck in your head, you're made of stronger stuff than I am.
2. Keeping The Holiday Spirit Alive
Harrison Ford must be honored.
3. So Accurate
Hanukkah is a magical time.
5. Seriously, So Many Latkes
Thanks for the observation.
6. The Most Interesting Activity
The Most Interesting Man in the World is a traditionalist.
7. Oh Look, More Latkes
It's one of the best parts of Hanukkah: Eating far too many potato pancakes.
9. For The Grumpy Cat In Your Life
How is Grumpy Cat so, well, grumpy and still adorable?
10. Astute Observation
I mean, he's kind of on to something here.
11. One Last Latke Meme
Promise that was the last latke reference. Happy Hanukkah!