17 Creative Ways to Celebrate Christmas AND Hanukkah

Looking for ways to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah? Try these tips from interfaith families to create heaps of fun in a two-for-one Chrismukkah celebration.
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This year, for the first time in a quarter-century, Christmas and Hanukkah fall on the same night. The two holidays share one theme: the miracle of lights, whether from a guiding star or a tiny bit of oil burned for eight nights. We gathered scores of ideas for interfaith families or ones welcoming guests from different religions this season. Try some of these tips to create heaps of festive fun in a two-for-one Chrismukkah celebration.

Food

  • Skip the yams alongside your Christmas turkey, and serve up potato pancakes (latkes) instead. Hanukkah is the one time of year when we're encouraged to eat foods fried in lots of oil!
  • Make star-shaped cookies with the kids, which will honor both the Jewish Star of David and the guiding star that led the wise men to Bethlehem. Decorate them with blue, silver, red, and green icing.
  • Hanukkah is also sufganiyot season—time to devour these yummy round, fried, jam-filled, powdered-sugar dusted doughnuts! Or, you may want to bake up a hybrid version this year: Eggnog doughnuts!
  • Combine many seasonal colors by adapting this recipe for Glitter Ball Cookies, adding green, red, and gold sprinkles, too.

Décor

Pull together decorations that blend both holidays:

  • Decorate your Christmas tree with blue and white lights, mini-menorahs, dreidels, or this adorable Hanukkah reindeer ornament. Make or buy a Star of David as a tree topper.
  • Use red and green candles when lighting the menorah.
  • Wrap evergreen boughs with blue and silver ribbons.
  • Put up a Chrismukkah Mistletoe that combines silver bells and a dreidel—it's also a great gift for an interfaith couple.
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  • Set your table with a gorgeous DIY centerpiece using poinsettias, amaryllis, and filling the vase with Hanukkah gelt (chocolate wrapped in gold and silver foil).
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