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Hanukkah and Christmas

Christmas. Hanukkah. Which takes precedence? Can you do both? Can you not do both? The December dilemma is one of the biggest issues many intermarried families face. Learn how to conquer the conflict with our wide range of articles, resources and links.

This year, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall at the same time--an extremely rare occurance. Thanksgiving is on Nov. 27, the second night of Hanukkah. This "Thanksgivukkah" holiday brings up similar questions as when Christmas and Hanukkah overlap. Read this Thanksgivukkah guide for tips about celebrating the holidays as an interfaith family. And for more Thanksgivukkah ideas, head over to

Upcoming Dates

  • Hanukkah lasts 8 days, and starts the evening of November 27, 2013; December 16, 2014; and December 6, 2015.


Explaining the customs, rituals, history, foods and more, this booklet will be a popular reference for all families this winter.
There are many great books to read with your kids and grandkids before and during Hanukkah. Check out our reviews:
 Quick Reference
Our Guide to Hanukkah for Interfaith Families includes history, observances, symbols, food and recipes, and some families' responses to the December Dilemma. And our Guide to Thanksgivukkah includes practical advice.
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 Additional Resources


Hanukkah (known by many spellings) is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd Century BCE. It is marked by the lighting of a menorah and the eating of fried foods.
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