8 Thanksgivukkah Celebration Tips (Slideshow)
November 5, 2013
Chef and restaurant owner Marjorie Druker shares her tips for a successful double holiday season
Spice Up Wine
Jewish wine is a tradition at holiday time and on Shabbat. How about giving it a Thanksgiving twist by mulling the wine with orange slices and cinnamon sticks on Thanksgivukkah?
New Tradition Cider
Serve sparkling apple cider — a bubbly Thanksgiving staple — with pomegranate seeds, which symbolize fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, and wisdom in Judaism.
Fun with Potatoes
As an appetizer, serve your guests sweet potato latkes with cranberry-apple sauce to hit key flavors from both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving.
Don't forget the vegetarians at your dinner table! Stuff acorn squashes that have been baked in the oven with challah apple and cashew stuffing. Omit the chicken stock and use vegetable stock.
Fresh Fruit Décor
I love using fresh fruit in my table décor. Jewish symbolic fruits like pomegranates, apples, and grapes can be paired with Thanksgiving fruits like pears and baby white pumpkins to make a beautiful display. I also like to put decorative driedels all over the table with candy gelt and candied nuts.
Thanksgiving-fy Your Menorah
Use hand-dipped artisan candles for your menorah and capture the color palette of Thanksgiving by using green, orange, yellow, and red candles. I also like to give my guests goodie bags and a package of beautiful menorah candles to take home with them.
Cookie Cutter Gifts
For more fun goodie bag items, write your favorite holiday season sugar cookie recipe on a pretty handmade recipe card with a Star of David cookie cutter attached.
As with any holiday, a charitable donation of food, money, or your time to a great cause can help those in need. It’s miracle to celebrate two important holidays on the same day — share your gifts and bring joy into others’ lives that are not as fortunate.