Thanksgivukkah: Once in a lifetime celebration

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DECATUR - Wednesday at sundown marked the start of Hanukkah and with Thursday being Thanksgiving, a new holiday is being coined "Thanksgivukkah."

It's the first time the two holidays have overlapped in more than 100 years. So that has some families accommodating both celebrations.

The Mittlemans pulled out their Hanukkah decorations just in time for Thanksgiving.

"The most special thing about this happening is that it's happening," said Shannon Mittleman.

The first day of Hanukkah lands on the same day as Thanksgiving, call it "Thanksgivukkah."

"I was shocked," she said. "I didn't think that happened very often."

That's because it doesn't. The last time this happened was 125 years ago. The next time it will happen is in about 79,000 years.

"I'm not going to get to celebrate that one so I better make good use of it this year," said Diane Pyle Secretary at Temple B'nai Abraham.

And people doing just that with "menurkeys," menorahs shaped like turkeys and custom made T-shirts to celebrate the rare event.

"We go on a lunar calendar in the Jewish faith and in America we use a solar calendar and we have a leap month in the Jewish calendar, so things are always coming at different times," Pyle explained.

This time Mittleman just has the pressure of preparing presents, not a Thanksgiving feast.

"I called and said, 'Are we going to have any special Hanukkah food?' And they said, 'No, there's eight days of Hanukkah so we have plenty of other days to have latkes.'" Mittleman said with a smile.

So just turkey and presents on this "Thanksgivukkah."

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