This year, for the first time in our lifetime, Thanksgiving and the first day of Chanukah fall on the same date. For those who celebrate both holidays, November 28th introduces an unprecedented convergence that popular culture has warmly come to call…Thanksgivukkah! This is the first time the two holidays have coincided since 1888, and according to various calculations, it won’t happen again for over 75,000 years.
It brings us so much pleasure seeing what our clients and friends have come up with for the double-holiday. From pumpkin challah stuffing to butternut squash latkahs with cranberry applesauce, it seems like the possibilities are truly endless — and so much fun!
In my family, we’ve created something of a competition out of who can come up with the recipe that most creatively and deliciously blends the flavors of both holidays.
We’ve also traded in our traditional holiday gift swap for a new game we’re calling “Thanks-and-Giving.” To play, each guest is given the name of another guest to secretly purchase a gift for. In honor of Chanukah, each person receives a gift and in honor of Thanksgiving, each person is asked to include a card along with their gift telling their gift-recipient why they’re thankful for them this Thanksgivukkah. I have a feeling even after this year’s super-holiday has passed, that this one might be a tradition well worth hanging on to.
As you plan your own celebrations, what traditions and recipes from each holidays have you decided to incorporate? Which have you created in honor of the occasion? We’d love to hear what ideas you’re coming up with.
We’re continuing to compile all the gorgeous, thoughtful and creative ideas we can get our hands on, so if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, please check out our Pinterest board devoted to Thanksgivukkah here. If you’re still hungry for more eye candy, you can check out all of our Pinterest collections here.