This Thanksgiving will be like no other we've ever experienced or will ever experience AGAIN in our lifetimes! That's because the holiday falls on the first day of Hanukkah: November 28. And being that the coincidence hasn't occurred since 1888 and won't happen again for 70,000 years (whoa!), American Jews have a rare, fun, exciting opportunity to celebrate a hybrid holiday this year ... Thanksgivukkah!
Here, 8 (because no other number would be suitable for Hanukkah!) fun ways to combine the two holidays into one ...
- Combine traditional decor and colors of both holidays. You can decorate your Thanksgivukkah table with Thanksgiving symbols with colors and symbols from the Festival of Lights. For instance, silver and white and blue pumpkins. Or a cornucopia filled with gold gelt someone's going to win when they play Dreidel.
- Make sweet potato latkes. When you think about it, there's actually quite a bit of overlap between the holidays to begin with -- at least in the kitchen! Hanukkah's all about traditional fried foods (to remember the miracle of how a little bit of oil lasted eight nights!). You can't do Hanukkah without potato latkes, and you can't do Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes. So for Thanksgivukkah, why not combine the two for one delicious savory and/or sweet entree! Add some cranberries to the applesauce topping, and you're all set.
- Make cranberry-filled doughnuts. Raspberry jam-filled powdered doughnuts are go-to sweets for Hanukkah, but this year, try Turkey Day-friendly cranberry jam!
- Bake a turkey challah. No, it's not turkey baked into the challah, but a challah baked into the shape of a turkey! So cute! But I'm sure you could also use turkey leftovers on the challah for a mouthwatering sandwich!
- Get or make a menurkey. This year, save your classic, beautiful menorah for the remaining nights. On Thanksgiving, why not go with a turkey-inspired menorah? (You can create your own by using turkey-shaped tapers to create your own menurkey.)
- Give your yarmulke a bit of Turkey Day bling. Craft a kippah or adorn an existing one with a Pilgrim "buckle" or gold leaves.
- Donate your Dreidel game earnings. Play with money instead of chocolate gelt, and instead of keeping what you win, decide on a charity (shelter, soup kitchen, etc.) to donate it to collectively.
- Sing a mashup of traditional Thanksgiving tunes and Jewish songs. Have fun mixing lyrics between traditional Jewish songs and Thanksgiving standards that have a theme of giving thanks. (i.e. "I have a little turkey! I made it out of felt!")
How will you be combining the two holidays this year?
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