Thanksgiving, Hannukah in rare alignment - FOX 13 News

Thanksgiving, Hannukah in rare alignment

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Eileen Kanter and her family are preparing for a double dose of thanks.

"I usually decorate for Thanksgiving, and then I take everything down and I have some time for Hanukkah," she said.

But, this year they share the same date. That has not happened since the 1800s.

"We are putting a turkey on one side of the piano and then a Hanukkah bear on the other side," her son Ben said.

People call it "Thanksgivukkah." At the Kanter's home, the menu is set.

"We are kind of mixing traditions this year," she said.

Both are holidays for giving thanks. It will be at least another century before they line up again.

"It really has not clicked probably until now that this is a sort of a milestone," said her husband Brad.

Rabbi Bob Judd of Kol Ami said his congregation has asked lots of questions about what to do.

"Nobody who is alive right now will ever see the first night of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall together," Rabbi Judd said.

There is no set protocol, but the answer is simple.

"This is a perfect time for families to sit around and think about ways they've been truly blessed," he said.

Eileen and her family said it is a moment to embrace.

"I just want to have fun and spend time with my family," Ben said.

And a time to come together for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

"It is not the presents, it's the gifts you get every day from being around each other," she said.

This is not the only time Hanukkah will fall on another holiday. In 2016, Hanukkah and Christmas will share the same date.

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