thanksgiving hanukkah

No, it’s not a made up holiday like ‘Festivus for the Rest of Us’ a la Seinfeld, there really is such a thing as Thanksgivukkah in 2013!

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlap this year, something that won’t happen again for a long time. Since the Jewish calendar is lunar-based, holidays land on different days each year. This year’s Hanukkah is the earliest celebration in a long while, and it’s the first time the overlap of the two holidays has happened at all in our lifetimes. The last Thanksgivukkah on record? It was in 1888! That alone is cause to celebrate.

So do this rare Thanksgivukkah celebration up right with a Thanksgiving and Hanukkah themed super party on November 28!

6 Ways To Celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Simultaneously

1. Knish it, homestyle. The knish (or knysh) is a Jewish snack food made popular in North America by Eastern European immigrants. Knishes are loved widely by both Jewish and non-Jewish people alike, unfortunately a fire has prompted a national shortage of pre-made options. But don’t worry, you can make your own knishes at home!

2. Burn the long fry oil. Hanukkah is all about traditional foods that symbolize the long-burning oil. So nix the traditional Thanksgiving mashed potatoes and go with latkes for Thanksgivukkah this year (pictured at top). You can even top your latkes with turkey and cranberry sauce for a tasty T-Day treat.

3. Send your turkey for a swim. Keep the long-burning oil theme going with a deep-fried turkey. Sure, it’s not the healthiest choice, but hey, we’ll all be long gone before another Thanksgivukkah hits the calendar!

4. Sweeten your taters. Instead of traditional Russet potato latkes, make sweet potato latkes to incorporate a traditional Thanksgiving side dish. Go with a yogurt dip instead of sour cream for these sweet latkes.

5. Who needs pumpkin pie? Forget pie, because sufganiyot, or fried jelly doughnuts, will take center stage this year. Make your doughnuts show off their Thanksgiving pride with pumpkin twist: Just fill your sufganiyot with pumpkin pie filling.

6. Remember the important bits. No if you celebrate Thanksgiving or Hanukkah, bring the best of both holidays to the forefront: remember to share food and fellowship with friends and family.

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