For the first time since the 1800s, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are falling on the same day giving birth to the newly formed celebration of ‘Thanksgivukkah’.
As thousands of Jewish-Americans prepare to enjoy the two holidays in one big celebration, fun ways to mash the two have come about.
“We’ll be celebrating with both a Thanksgiving and a Hanukkah table,” said Turlock resident Rita Nystrom. “We’ve come up with some fun recipes that bring traditional Jewish foods with Thanksgiving dishes, such as the sweet potato kugel.”
As the traditional Jewish calendar is based on a lunar schedule, and Gregorian calendar being based on a solar model, Nystrom says it will be another millennia before Thanksgivukkah happens again.
“Because of the two different types of calendars, this hasn’t happened in a very long time,” said Nystrom. “It’s very unique and so we’re finding new ways to celebrate it and have fun with it.”
Hundreds of Thanksgivukkah websites have popped up over the internet, providing Jewish-Americans with ideas to celebrate the holiday. In Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino even officially proclaimed Nov. 28 as Thanksgivvukah in the city.
As Thanksgivukkah will not happen for another 79,000 years, many are taking the once-in-a-lifetime holiday to get creative in the kitchen. Other unique recipes have included challah stuffing, pumpkin kugel, sweet potato latkes, and pecan pie rugelach.
“People are really getting creative with it,” said Nystrom. “If you’re a Jewish-American, this is truly your holiday.”