Tomorrow, roughly half a million Americans will sit down with their families and enjoy an evening filled with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and… potato latkes? In a bizarre yet completely awesome holiday mashup, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are colliding in a once-in-a-lifetime event (according to this post, one that won’t happen again- or at least for another 70,000 years). I’m talking, of course, about mothereffing Thanksgivukkah. Oh yeah, it’s a BIG DEAL. Deciding last minute to join in on the festivities but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with your guide to having the most epic Thanksgivukkah celebration- just follow along.
2. Decorate: Why not snag some plastic (or real) pumpkins on clearance at the craftstore, give them a quicky coat of blue and gold paint, and call it a harvest miracle? Throw in a few candles, maybe a cornucopia filled with candy gelt, and you’re golden.
3. Fry: Celebrate Hanukkah’s miracle of the oil lasting with the traditional fried foods in combination with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey by frying your turkey this year. Just be super careful with your fryer! The festival of lights doesn’t include burning down the house. Here’s one of Alton Brown’s recipes for fried turkey, for reference.
4. Nosh: Potato dishes are a must for Hanukkah and Thanksgiving…my vote is for mashed potatoes and latkes this year. For latkes, this dish from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen, Latkes with Turkey and Cranberry Chutney, is topping my list.
5. Nosh Part 2: “Change” up the traditional pecan pie by using chocolate gelt, a fun Hanukkah twist on a traditional Thanksgiving dessert favorite. You might want to make a few, because I’m guessing there won’t be leftovers of this one.
6. Light it Up: My friend Ciaran over at Momfluential came up with a great DIY idea for a super cute and portable Thanksgivukkah menorah– and it’s perfect if you put off planning until the last minute, too!
Will you be celebrating the thankful festival of giving lights this year? Or just pigging out? Either way, Happy Thanksgivukkah (and to all a good night!)