Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Celebrating Thanksgivukkah, a Once-in-a-Lifetime Holiday 

Start basting your turkey and spinning your dreidels, because for the first and only time in our lives, Thanksgivukkah is coming! This November 28th, when American Jews gather around the Thanksgiving table to talk about the things we appreciate and to dig into elaborate feasts, we’ll have another holiday to celebrate, too: Hanukkah.

happy thanksukkahThis year, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will overlap, producing an anomalistic hybrid holiday that’s come to be known as Thanksgivukkah. There are conflicting reports about whether it’s happened before and when it will happen again, but most mathematicians and calendar experts seem to think this is the first occurrence. Although the holidays would’ve overlapped in 1861, President Abraham Lincoln didn’t formally establish the holiday of Thanksgiving until two years later, in 1863, which means that 2013/5774 will mark the first Thanksgivukkah in history.

Just how rare is this holiday? Some reports say Thanksgivukkah will happen again in 2070; others, like Jewish physicist and calendar expert Jonathan Mizrahi, say it won’t repeat itself until 79811. Either way, it’s safe to say that for most of us, Thanksgivukkah is, indeed, a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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How do we celebrate such a unique holiday? By eating, of course!


And with flowers! Lots and lots of flowers!

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We light candles. 8 days’ worth of candles!


This November American Jews are invited to sit down at the Thanksgivukkah table and tell stories of rooted gratitude.

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Let’s make sure this happens more than just every 70,000 years. Happy Thanksgivukkah.



74 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgivukkah!

  1. I kind of like the idea of incorporating Thanksgiving into every holiday. It feels right.

    All of those food ideas look very yummy. I especially like the cranberry applesauce idea.

    • Thanks, Tracie!! This particular Thanksgiving, and one in about 7,000 years, shares the same date with this Jewish Holiday. Honest, it won’t happen for another 7,000 years! It’s a wonderful opportunity to say Thank You for our religious freedom as well as for the bounty of our marvelous country.

  2. Thanksgivukkah how interesting. Very nice to combine two holidays. The recipes for this special day look so yummy. I wish I lived closer to your shop. Your arrangements are always so breath taking. Have a great holiday.

    • Thanks so much! The joining of these two holidays is this year and then it won’t happen for another 7,000 years! It’s a lunar calendar and a solar calendar at their best!! And yes, I wish you were closer to my shop too! I can ship my gift baskets but not the flowers!

  3. Thank you so much for incorporating the amazing calendar coincidence of these two holidays. Some people have viewed it as colliding but the way you presented the combination is so inspirational. Beautiful images. We are doing LATKES (potato pancakes) and turkey.

    • Thanks, Roz. Adding the Latkes is a necessity!! One of my friends, who doesn’t like brussel sprouts, wasn’t keen on the idea, and he also didn’t like the idea of such a sweet turkey. But we agreed after eating (drinking) that turkey the brussel sprouts probably won’t be that bad anyway!!

    • It’s fun when 2 holidays can be celebrated together. Hanukkah is actually a holiday celebrating religious freedom, one of the principles of America, so the best holidays to combine with Hanukkah would be the 4th of July (which will never happen) and Thanksgiving (which will happen again in about 70,000 years!

    • Thanks! I enjoyed putting this blog together so people could see how the two cultures merge next week! Actually, they’re not so different. Hanukkah (a celebration of lights) is a holiday of religious freedom. Thanksgiving is a celebration of a new country formed on religious freedom. 2 great holidays put together in one day this year.

  4. Happy Thanksgivukkah to you! Love stopping by and seeing what’s new! Thanks for sharing all these lovely ideas and great photos!

    • Hello, Lorii,I am happy to tell you Thanksgiving/Hanukkah was a great success! Because Hanukkah is a holiday of lights, we always light candles (lots and lots of them) to begin the festivities. And the food! Oh my! There is a Jewish expession (for a different holiday) All who are hungry, let them come and eat. It’s certainly appropriate for a Thanksgiving feast! I love the fact that we can get together with family and friends to celebrate our freedom. What did you do for Thanksgiving this yeat?

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