There's a once-in-a-lifetime challah-day coming your way! Move over Chrismukkah, this year brings a whole new way to celebrate a rare holiday mash up of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah called Thanksgivukkah. For the first time since 1888 (and the last time for 70,000 years), these two popular holidays fall on the same day.
In celebration of this extraordinary entertaining event, we've curated a selection of recipes, decorating ideas and activities to make this once-in-a-lifetime hybrid holiday stylish, delicious and memorable.Set The Stage
Let's start by setting the stage with some festive decor. Whether you're creating a fun mash up of holiday elements, like a Thanksgiving cornucopia filled with Hanukkah gelt, or going for a more elegant look, we've got ideas to suit any style.
PJ Feinstein writes about decorating for Thanksgivukkah on the lifestyle blog Bunny and Dolly. She uses a complementary color scheme of blue and orange to create an artful table that is both sophisticated and festive.
Apartment Therapy suggests decorating with a "mixed metals" theme that plays up the gold tones of autumn with the traditional silver of Hanukkah. A shiny gelt tablerunner would fit right in and is simple to make with instructions from My Jewish Learning.
Patti Stern from PJ Home Styling recommends using a menorah as the centerpiece of your Thanksgivukkah table surrounded by a display of seasonal gourds and flowers. Check out her ideas for bringing traditional decor together at the table.
Despite their once-in-a-lifetime holiday theme, these pretty DIY jars can be used again and again. Get instructions for this craft project on the Sucre Shop.Make Memories
Whether it's Turkey Day or 8 Nights of Lights, the most important part about holidays are the traditions we hold dear. For Thanksgivukkah, it's interesting to note that both holidays have remarkably similar roots in religious freedom and gratitude. These shared attributes present many opportunities to mesh the traditions in a way that feels natural.
Stefanie Zelkind writes for eJewish Philanthropy. She suggests taking "a gratitude break" and asking those present to share about the best gift they have ever received. You can also use this idea to create a Gratitude tree.
Repair The World suggests making the tzedakah box a part of the celebration. After dinner pass the box and invite guests to give to a collective tzedakah pool.
In addition to delicious food, both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are a time to express gratitude. Say a special prayer of thanks with this Thanksgivukkah prayer penned by Rabbi Jason Miller.Let's Eat
If you're a foodie, there's a pretty good chance you can't wait to experiment with new ingredient combinations that represent the merging of these two cultures. Here are a few recipes to get things cooking for Thanksgivukkah.
Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat made a delicious looking recipe for Chocolate Cranberry Cake with Gelt Glaze. Bringing together traditional chocolate gelt and the Thanksgiving flavors of cranberry, this recipe is one you'll want to make sure you have room for at the end of dinner.
Doughnuts for Thanksgiving are a real thing thanks to Cranberry Sauced Filled Sufganiyot from Mari Levine. Mari takes the traditional Jewish doughnut and adds cranberry to create a delightful Thanksgivukkah treat.
The rich taste of honey and eggs make challah a delicious bread, and a great choice to compliment your Thanksgiving stuffing. Challah, Wild Mushroom & Herb Stuffing from Once Upon a Chef uses challah and uses it well, bringing the traditions together in a wonderful way.
Chestnut Hummus with Thanksgiving Pita Chips from Busy in Brooklyn is a great side dish for your holiday dinner. Chanie's talents with herbs and spices stand out as she utilizes flavors that pair nicely with turkey.
The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen recommends using this Potato Latkes Topped with Turkey and Cranberry Chutney recipe the day after Thanksgivukkah when you've got extra turkey to utilize. Leftovers are one of the highlights of the holiday, and this delightful combination is sure not to disappoint.
For the ultimate in culinary crossover, try this recipe for Maneschewitz-Brined Roast Turkey created by the editors at BuzzFeed Food. For those wondering, that means purple turkey — but it will only stay purple until it's cooked. After you've sent it through the oven, it looks and tastes amazing.
Is your family celebrating Thanksgivukkah? How do you plan to combine the best of both holidays into something unique for your family? Share your ideas in the comments.