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Thanksgivukkah provides unique day for Jews

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Thursday won't happen again until 79,911 so prepare to make Thanksgivukkah a special day.

The Jewish Hanukkah began Wednesday night. And for just the second time since President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a holiday in 1863, the Jewish holiday and Thanksgiving occur at the same time.

"We're going to celebrate them both as wildly as we can," said Martha Gershun. "It's going to be a big deal."

She and her husband, Don Goldman, have been thinking since last year about the best way to celebrate the rare convergence of the holidays.

Goldman has eagerly planned his menu.

"I'm the cook in the family so it's been kind of great that I get to figure out what things we can take from Hanukkah and what things from Thanksgiving," he said.

Appetizers will be the latkes, which are the traditional pancakes made from potatoes. Mashed potatoes and stuffing will also tickle the taste buds.

"For dessert, it's going to be pecan pie, chocolate cake and chocolate gelt, the candy that we use for Hanukkah to play dreidel with," Gershun said.

It's also her birthday this week.

"As I told the kids after dinner, we're going to have presents for everybody but I get more presents than anybody else this year," she said with a laugh.

On a more serious note, they said the holidays share something important in common.

"Both of these holidays speak to the idea of religious freedom. The Pilgrims that came to this country and the Jews fighting for religious freedom," Gershun said. "And to put them together and to think about all the things we have to be thankful for from both traditions. It's really wonderful."

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