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8 Ways to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah

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“Hey, you got turkey in my latke!”

“Well you got chocolate gelt in my cranberry sauce.”


Get ready for a holiday showdown, because for the first time in 125 years, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are starting on the same day in November. This coincidence of the calendar will not be repeated for another 70,000 years, so don’t miss out on an epic holiday mash-up.

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1. Make the leftovers last eight nights. Chanukah celebrates a miracle in which a one-night supply of oil lasted for eight nights, allowing the Jews to defend their temple against enemies. Commemorate this miracle by turning a one-night Thanksgiving feast into eight days of turkey sandwiches and mornings of pie for breakfast. To prepare, double your recipes, stock up on Tupperware and wash all your drawstring pants.

2. Use alternative spellings for Thanksgiving. Hanukkah is rarely spelled the same way twice, with Hanukkah, Chanuka and Chanukkah all being totally legit. So loosen up the reins and celebrate Zhenkzgivvin. Or Thingskevvem.

Shop till you drop, then bless some challah.

3. Make turfishen? You’ve heard of turducken, that holy grail of Thanksgiving entrées in which a chicken is stuffed inside a duck, which is stuffed into a turkey. For Thanksgivukkah, stuff your turkey with gefilte fish, then bake the whole thing inside a sesame bagel. Or just fry up some sweet potato latkes, because those would actually taste really good.

4. Mix your blessings. While you light the menorah, express what you’re most thankful for this year. Say it with me: “l’had’lik neir shel Thanksgiving.”

5. Partake in dreidel/wishbone madness. Up the ante on two weak-sauce holiday games by playing them together. Use the spinning top game of Dreidel to eliminate all but two contenders. Then, let the finalists yank on the turkey wishbone—winner takes all.

6. Make crafts you can count on. What’s cuter than grade schoolers tracing their fingers to create Thanksgiving turkeys? Grade schoolers tracing their toes to make Hanukkah menorahs!

7. Do a holiday double feature. Pair a classic Thanksgiving movie like Planes, Trains and Automobiles with some Hanukkah ha-ha from The Hebrew Hammer. Or stay within the Adam Sandler canon and watch that turkey, Funny People, followed by his animated Eight Crazy Nights.

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8. Celebrate Black Sabbath. The day after Thanksgiving is significant for two reasons—Black Friday sales all day, and Shabbat at night. So shop till you drop, then bless some challah. And maybe listen to Ozzy.

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