Something very special happened this year and that hasn’t happened since the year 1888. What’s happening, you might ask. It’s Thanksgivukkah!

Thanksgivukkah is the name of the merge of two very important and fun holidays – Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Thanksgiving is an American holiday and Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday. Usually, Hanukkah overlaps with Christmas, but this year, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will be on the same day. The reason the name Thanksgivukkah was created was so people wouldn’t have to choose between celebrating one or the other, they can celebrate both!

Some Ideas on How to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah in Palo Alto

- Both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving dinner feature a meat meal. This means you can either create a delicious turkey, or go with a different type of meat, like chicken.
- On Hanukkah, you usually eat potato latkes. On Thanksgiving, you usually eat sweet potato. Thus, you can merge the two together to make sweet potato latkes.
- For stuffing, instead of doing the traditional corn bread stuffing, try using Challah bread.
- Lastly, for dessert, since the traditional Thanksgiving dessert features some sort of pie and the traditional Hanukkah dinner features jelly filled donuts, you can just merge the two together. Make donuts filled with pumpkin or apple!

Mathin’ Thanksgivukkah for Palo Alto Children

Thanksgivukkah isn’t just a fun holiday, it is also a great way to add some math to your Palo Alto child’s day.

- Your parents made a delicious turkey that will serve 8 people. If only 5 people are celebrating Thanksgivukkah with you, how many servings of turkey can each person get (assuming that you finish the turkey on Thanksgivukkah)
- You are playing the driedal game with your sister. Right now, your sister has 30 pieces of gelt and you have 26 pieces of gelt. How many more pieces of gelt do both of you guys need to get to 50 pieces of gelt each?
- Hanukkah lasts for 8 days. Each night, you and your family light the menorah. If it takes you 30 seconds to light each candle (there are 8 candles total), and each candle burns for 4 hours, how long until all the candles are burned out?
- Instead of merging the Hanukkah and Thanksgiving desserts together, your mom decided to make many separate desserts. She made apple pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, jelly filled donuts, and bought chocolate coins. If your mom said you can only have a slice from 2 of the three pies, and can only have either jelly filled donuts or chocolate coins, how many different combinations of dessert do you have?

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