Once Upon a Thanksgivukkah

Britt Jacobson

Staff Writer

This year, both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on November 28. While everyone has a different opinion on when exactly this incident will occur again, one thing is certain: this has never happened before, and we won’t live to see it again. In anticipation of this once-in-a-lifetime event, here is a compilation of our favorite collaboration ideas.

1) Latkes

What is Hanukkah without latkes? To make these classic Hanukkah treats Thanksgiving appropriate, try replacing potato with sweet potato. As a substitute for your stereotypical applesauce and sour cream, try cran-apple sauce and caramelized marshmallows. While we also received suggestions from students and teachers to use latkes as stuffing, it is our firm belief that they need to be the star of the show, and not bird-filling.

2) Menorah

Menorahs shaped like turkeys seem to be the trendiest idea for this holiday. You can make your own, or you can buy one from the 10-year-old who invented the “Menurkey”. Another favorite is a pumpkin Hanukiah. This can be made by purchasing nine munchkin pumpkins and spray-painting them silver. You then carve holes in each, putting tea light candles in eight but using a taller candle for the shamash. The result is a festive and seasonal Hanukiah.

3) Dreidel

This Thanksgivukkah, instead of scattering your gelt all over the floor, try putting them in a cornucopia. You can then implement this in your game of Nun Gobble Hey Shin, by alternating the faces of the Dreidel so two are for Hanukah and two for Thanksgiving. When landing on a “Macabbee”, claim your gelt. But if you land on a “Pilgrim”, opt for candy corn pumpkins.

4) Sufganiyot

Forget your Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and go with a Pumpkin Spice Donut. Try flavoring your traditional cream or custard base with cinnamon or pumpkin. Another alternative is to morph traditional cranberry sauce into a jelly, which can be infused into your favorite fried treats. For a savory take, try corn bread donuts.

5) Gratitude

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving intertwine in more aspects than just the food and traditions. Both holidays have elements of giving thanks. Thanksgiving at its core celebrates the pilgrims’ gratitude for a bountiful harvest, while Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the temple as an act of gratitude to God. This Thanksgivukkah, when you’re enjoying your pumpkin donuts and lighting your Menurkey, take a moment to appreciate everything you have.