Thanksgiving + Hanukkah = Thanksgivukkah: What You Need to Know

In a rarity, Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah both fall on Nov. 28 this year. Patch offers some ideas on how to celebrate the two holidays.

A Facebook page dedicated to Thanksgivukkah has put a twist on an American icon.
A Facebook page dedicated to Thanksgivukkah has put a twist on an American icon.

By Deb Belt

Two holiday traditions will in some households merge into one this year when Thanksgiving falls on the first day of Hanukkah, Nov. 28. In reaction, some are calling the holiday Thanksgivukkah, reports the Boston Globe

Thanksgiving comes crazy late in 2013, and Hanukkah starts ridiculously early, writes the Huffington Post, meaning that the first full day (and second night) of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving Day.

Symbols from each holiday – an event that won’t repeat for 70,000 years - will converge at a historic place Nov. 27 when a rabbi will light a menorah at Plymouth Rock for the first time in history, says the Globe.

The blended holiday combining the Jewish celebration that commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago and Americans’ thanks for their blessings has spawned a variety of online mashups.

Pinterest has a Thanksgivukkah page, offering recipes for sweet potato latkes with marshmallows or pumpkin challah ideas. 

Facebook users can like the Thanksgivukkah 2013 page, which features artwork that tweaks Grant Wood’s iconic American farmer and his daughter holding a menorah instead of a pitchfork. The page is replete with Thanksgivukkah events from around the country, clothing to order and recipes.

BuzzFeed has a Thanksgivukkah page filled with a menu and recipes, along with snarky links to comedian/actor Larry David’s Thanksgiving rant on Funny or Die.

And, the holiday mixer even has a Twitter feed. The tweets include links to recipes – of course – along with Tshirts and Thanksgivukkah-themed manicure ideas. Really.


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