Thanksgivukkah is almost here! What is that, you ask? This year is the first time that Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day. This rare event won’t happen again for years! Why is it happening? The Jewish calendar has slowly shifted, moving Hanukah earlier and earlier. This means it will eventually end up in the middle of summer! But that’s not going to happen for quite a while, so let’s instead celebrate the rare occasion of Thanksgivukkah!
So what are people doing for Thanksgivukkah? Many are combining a traditional Thanksgiving meal with traditional Hanukkah dishes like potato latkes and other dishes. Many will decorate with blue for Hanukkah and orange for Thanksgiving, creating a visually striking way of celebrating the holiday. Even if you’re not Jewish, you might want to incorporate some little way of celebrating this convergence.
Naturally, those who practice the religion will light a menorah while reciting the appropriate blessings from the Torah. There are also traditional Hanukkah hymns that can be sung and activities, like spinning the dreidel, which the whole family can enjoy. You can combine these traditions with any of your family’s Thanksgiving traditions if you want.