Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Your once-in-a-lifetime chance to make matzoh stuffing has finally arrived.

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On Thursday, worlds will collide when families across the country celebrate the first day of Hanukkah on Thanksgiving. Thanksgivukkah, a popular portmanteau of the two holidays, indicates a rare overlap between the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars.

Everyone’s favorite gluttonous holiday will be even better with the addition of a host of Hanukkah traditions. Thanksgivukkah is not just for American Jews: anyone can appreciate the unusual combination of the two delicious holidays.

The once-in-a-lifetime celebration is gaining worldwide attention, and has sparked an eruption of Thanksgivukkah themed holiday ideas: decorations, songs and – our favorite – mouthwatering dishes. Families will light “menurkeys” – turkeys with candle-adorned feathers – instead of menorahs, Macy’s will feature a giant dreidel in their Thanksgiving Day parade and kids will covet cheddar coins instead of gelt (yeah, right).

Thanksgivukkah also happens to be Jon Stewart’s birthday. That just can’t be a coincidence, right?

According to a quantum physicist in Maryland, the next Thanksgivukkah won’t roll around until year 79811, when families in silver onesies will gather around the table and eat turkey grown in a space lab. But since it’s 2013, we’re going to take a more traditional approach. A cursory Thanksgivukkah Internet search will garner hundreds of meal ideas, but here are some of our favorites:

Sweet Potato Latkes with Cranberry Apple Relish

Cornbread and Pumpkin Challah Stuffing

Apple Rugelach (replace the apricot preserves with finely chopped apples)

So get out your pilgrim bonnets and yarmulkes, prepare the matzoh and the turkey, and get ready to party like it’s the last Thanksgivukkah of your life!

For more information on Thanksgivukkah, follow the phenomenon on TwitterThis post was originally published by Edible Rhody.

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