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Hanukkah 2013 meets Thanksgiving: Thanksgivukkah

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It won't happen again for almost 80,000 years: Thursday is Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah. Some are calling it "Thanksgivukkah." Eyewitness News found people busy on Wednesday preparing to celebrate both.

Sunset Foods grocery store in Highland Park is fully staffed for its busiest day of the year.

"We're hopping. It's all hands on deck today," said T.J. Tazioli, Sunset Foods.

A day that's even more hectic because it's not just Thanksgiving dinner these customers are shopping for.

"It's difficult to shop for both only because you need so much for both holidays," said Jessica Bernheim.

Both, meaning Thanksgiving and Hanukkah-- a rare quirk of the calendar has the holidays falling on the same date. It won't happen again for almost 80,000 years! This monumental occasion has earned the nickname "Thansgivukkah."

Meredith Orgiefsky is shopping for both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah dinner. Double the holidays could mean double the stress, but she says it's all about delegating responsibilities.

"My husband is working on the brine for Thanksgiving and then when he clears out of the kitchen later, I'll start on the Hanukkah part," said Orgiefsky.

For Miriam Eisenberg, the holiday mash-up is inspiring some culinary creativity.

"Instead of having stuffing, we're going to have potato pancakes instead," said Eisenberg.

Hanukkah is more than 2,000 years old, but Thanksgiving's been around only 150 years. Rabbi Michael Weinberg says both holidays are inspired by the desire for the freedom of religious expression.

"The notion of the universal message of mutual respect for religious traditions, this is an important message for all people to understand," said Rabbi Weinberg, Temple Beth Israel.

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