Knoxville families celebrate Thanksgivukkah

Knoxville families celebrate Thanksgivukkah

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Jewish families across the country are preparing to celebrate a once in a lifetime holiday: Thanksgivukkah! It's the very rare occurrence when the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. Jewish families across the country are preparing to celebrate a once in a lifetime holiday: Thanksgivukkah! It's the very rare occurrence when the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving.
"One of my son-in-laws is doing the turkey. I'm also making a brisket. We have latkes that we'll make tomorrow," Judi Abrams said. "One of my son-in-laws is doing the turkey. I'm also making a brisket. We have latkes that we'll make tomorrow," Judi Abrams said.
It's easy to celebrate both holidays on the same day, Abrams said, because the meanings behind them are so similar. It's easy to celebrate both holidays on the same day, Abrams said, because the meanings behind them are so similar.
After the meal, there will be Hanukkah traditions like present giving and the game of dreidel for the kids, plus the annual Thanksgiving pastimes like football and parades. After the meal, there will be Hanukkah traditions like present giving and the game of dreidel for the kids, plus the annual Thanksgiving pastimes like football and parades.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Jewish families across the country are preparing to celebrate a once in a lifetime holiday: Thanksgivukkah! It's the very rare occurrence when the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving.

Judi Abrams was thrilled to find out last month that the two holidays would be overlapping. 

"I saw all the hoopla on the Internet and on TV, and friends were getting menurkeys," said Abrams. "Someone came up with the idea of making a menorah that looks like a turkey."

She's combining the menu for Thursday's big family meal too.

"One of my son-in-laws is doing the turkey. I'm also making a brisket. We have latkes that we'll make tomorrow," Abrams said.

After the meal, there will be Hanukkah traditions like present giving and the game of dreidel for the kids, plus the annual Thanksgiving pastimes.

"I'm sure there will be parades and football," she said.

It's easy to celebrate both holidays on the same day, Abrams said, because the meanings behind them are so similar.

"For me, it's bringing family together and celebrating being thankful," she said.

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