Tis the Season of Christmukkah


Gabriela Wurgaft and Kayla Cohen

Hanukkah ends up overlapping with other holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. This happens because rather than being celebrated on the same American calendar day every year, the holiday is celebrated according to the Hebrew calendar.

Many traditions take place when the holidays overlap. In 2014, when Hanukkah aligned with Thanksgiving, the national craze of, “Thanksgivukkah” emerged. Some Jewish families placed a menurkey, a menorah shaped like a turkey, in the window instead of a traditional menorah.

This year, Christmas Eve will coincide with the first of the eight days of Hanukkah.  But, some who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah are not as excited because they have less days for a festival! Nonetheless, we thought that the crazy traditions that the combinations of these two holidays had to be shared. You all know of a Christmas tree, but have you heard of the Hanukkah Bush? What about a Mensch on a Bench? These trends have come from the combination of Hanukkah and Christmas.

Some students at MMS celebrate both holidays and the timing of the two this year will be unique. One interviewed student that celebrates both holidays says they like how they coincide this year because it will just be more excitement in one day. This student’s family puts the Jewish Star of David on their Christmas tree, and will be eating latkes on Christmas!
Having the two holidays on the same day sometimes results in wonderful examples of cultural blending. In terms of shopping, there also could be more pressure to get more gifts. Christmukkah is an exciting event and should be celebrated as such!