Hanukkah Decorations & Colors

Hanukkah Decorations & ColorsDid you know that Hanukkah, according to some research, has now jumped ahead of Passover as the most celebrated Jewish holiday in North America?

And this year, with Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coming at the same time, we have an extra opportunity to jazz up our homes with the colors and flavors of the season. I’m planning a joyous mix of oranges and reds and golden yellows to honor both the harvest and the colors of Hanukkah flames.

This year’s double-holiday raises some issues, especially for experienced decorators. Here’s one Mom’s brilliant solution:

“I love the decorating part of both holidays and the schemes conflict. I am planning a ‘Thanksgiving themed dinner table and my Hanukkah decor round about the house.” 

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My vision of Thanksgivvukah

Here’s my vision:

1.  Decorating our Happy Hanukkah Banner with crayons, markers and glitter glue. (I just discovered a toddler-friendly way to avoid glitter glue clumps. Using Q-tips, we “painted” the glue into sparkling swirls enhancing its impact dramatically.) To add the Thanksgiving touch, we will add pictures of turkeys, corn, maple leaves and other symbols of the season cut from magazines. [Happy Hanukkah Banner is in the Happy Hanukkah Art & Activity Pak and Hanukkah Games Box.]

2.  Coloring the candles and flames from our menorah cut-and-color activity. This is the perfect year for our younger grandson to “light” this paper menorah, while his brother lights the real one. [Menorah Cut-and-Color Activity is in the Hanukkah Art & Activity Pak, Hanukkah Games Box, and Hanukkah in a Box Family Fun Kit.]

3.  Parading around the house – all kids and adults invited — playing musical instruments (maracas, tambourines, little drums) to the sound of one of our favorite Maccabeats’ song, Candlelight, cranked up really loud. The leader of the parade will carry a football.

4.  Snacking on the orange/red/yellow foods, like crackers, cheese, carrot sticks, and red grapes.

5.  Setting the dining room table with an orange tablecloth, napkins of orange/red/yellow (we happen to have these already!), mini-pumpkins, and golden gourds.  Down the center of the table, we’ll use eight shorter yellow and orange candles with 1 taller red one in the middle as the shamash (helper candle).

6.  Creating a Thanksgivvukah centerpiece – with the kids, of course – mixing symbols of both holidays (e.g., Indian maize, dried fall leaves, dreidels, gelt, candles).

Hanukkah Challah Menorah

7.  Recreating this menorah challah made from pizza dough, but adding a turkey body made of construction paper.

Without spending a lot of money, I believe that we can weave together the traditions of both holidays into a fun, new festival, without losing what we love about each.

What’s your vision?

Please share your plans for celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime festival.


  1. says

    Have never celebrated Hanukkah but just might this year. Have never know anyone Jewish. I have much respect for all religions and love the reason for that season.

    • Ellen says

      Thanks! I’ve always been interested in other religions, too. When I was a girl, I was lucky to be invited to decorate my friend’s Christmas tree each year and she came to our house to bake Hanukkah cookies.

  2. says

    I love your vision of Thanksgivvukah! Your suggestions are fun and inexpensive. Everyone will enjoy—and remember—a musical parade. Since I didn’t get a menurkey, I might try the pizza dough one. 🙂 Here from the Grand Social.

    • Ellen says

      Thanks, Belinda. I find that I’m pretty excited about Thanksgivvukah 🙂 Let us know what you end up doing for the double-festival. And if you’d like more of these ideas, sign up for our weekly blogs at http://JewishHolidaysInAaBox.com. (I’ll also be announcing there what our Hanukkah specials are.) Thanks again for writing in.

  3. says

    I love your idea of a joint holiday and your vision does sound great! Enjoy! Just stopping by from the GRAND Social, hope you get a chance to do the same. Thanks for sharing!

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