Heritage — Celebrating Thanksgivingukkah


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Photo: Thanksgivingukkahboston.com

As I’m sure you’ve heard, this year Thanksgiving and the first night of Channukah happen on the same night. This once-in-a-lifetime event (unless science finds a way to keep us alive until 79,811 or you are a time traveler from 1861 when technically, Thanksgiving was still not a holiday. So get out of here you lying time traveler!) and that in and of itself is worth celebrating.

To help your Thanksgivingukkah be the best it can be, we’ve covered all the bases for this ultimate celebration with ideas for food, decoration and games. You can thank us later when we stop over for some pie.


Photo: maypurr.com

Photo: maypurr.com

We love this recipe for sweet potato latkes and Endless Simmer’s easy recipe for mashed potato latkes.

The Shiksa has a Challah bread stuffing you can make in the slow cooker while you’re outside throwing the football around. We have a feeling gelt-covered cranberries could be a crowd-pleaser.

If I’m thankful for nothing else, it’s this combination of brussel sprouts with pastrami. But it may be tough to get the whole family behind a turkey brined in Maneschewitz.

Wrap up your Thanksgivingukkah meal with these Israeli jelly donuts for dessert.


Photo: Apumpkinandaprincess.com

Photo: Apumpkinandaprincess.com

This is a great way to showcase your creativity. You could buy a turkey menorah (perhaps the infamous Menurky) or try to make one of your own out of pumpkins. I also challenge someone out there to make a Mayflower-themed menorah!

Another fun and easy project are handmade dreidels. Place your apple cider toddys on Gelt wrapper coasters. Just cover any existing round coasters with the iconic gold aluminum foil and decorate away!

cake stand is an easy project and a great way to display desserts. Look for blue and white plates or a more specifically channukah plate like this Star of David for sale on Krrb!

Can you put eagle feathers on a Yarmulke? The better question is should you put eagle feathers on a yarmulke? I say go for it and make the youngest sibling at the kid’s dinner table wear it.


Photo: Scrabbleskills.com

Photo: Scrabbleskills.com

Break out Pictionary and Charades. Both are easy to play games like this with a Channuakah or Thanksgiving theme.

Mix in some Thanksgiving-themed candy with your Gelt. For my family that would be any leftover Halloween candy my father hadn’t managed to steal from us kids. Play Dreidel for keeps on the sugary treats. Whether it’s touch football or taking friendly bets (except from Uncle Mike who is no longer allowed to gamble) whoever wins is obviously the Maccabees.

Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to remember everything you have to be thankful for. Have a happy Thanksgivingukkah!

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