Set the Table for Thanksgivukkah
Hanukkah and Thanksgiving have a lot in common: they’re both times to give thanks and enjoy the comforts of family and food. And this year—due to a quirk of the Jewish calendar that won’t happen again for another 77,000 years—they share the same day. November 28 marks Thanksgiving and the second night of Hanukkah, resulting in the fusion celebration that has been lovingly dubbed Thanksgivukkah.
Whether you’re Jewish or not, this year brings with it a literal once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate a holiday like no other. Match shades of Hanukkah blue with the complementary oranges of the autumn harvest by piling understated blue-rimmed dinner plates with sweet-potato latkes and pumpkin noodle kugel—all served from a bright orange platter.
The holiday is also ripe for plenty of kitsch. No Thanksgivukkah would be complete without a Menurkey. The hybrid menorah was devised by a fourth-grade boy and comes emblazoned with both the Jewish and Western calendar years, so families can look back fondly on this momentous occasion 700 centuries from now.
1. Harvest leaves goblet; Pier 1 Imports ($8 each)
2. Perlee Bleu dinner plate; Material Possessions (704 N. Wabash Ave.; $64 each)
3. Spice damask ogee napkins; World Market ($9.99 for four)
4. Medium oval platter by Bauer Pottery; Tabula Tua (1015 W. Armitage Ave.; $30)
5. Star of David Hanukkah decorations; ModernTribe ($29)
6. Menurkey; National Museum of American Jewish History Store ($50)