Boston celebrates Thanksgivukkah

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November 27, 2013, 10:04 pm
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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik) - Well for the first time in our lifetimes, the first day of Hanukkah falls on the same day as Thanksgiving creating Thanksgivukkah, and you can bet Wednesday night the grocery stores are packed with people getting those last minute supplies.

It wasn't hard to find shoppers Wednesday night at the supermarket as two holidays - Thanksgiving and Hanukkah - converged on the same day, creating Thanksgivukkah.

Meanwhile, at the annual lighting of the menorah at Macy's in Downtown Crossing in Boston, Rabbi Rachmiel Liberman, Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh and many others were out having fun.

"You got to have the turkey and instead of the mashed potatoes, you got to have the latkes of course!" Rabbi Liberman says.

"The last time it happened was about 78,000 years ago, it's nice tonight to be here," Walsh says.

The term "Thanksgivukkah" has even been trademarked by a woman from Roslindale, Mass.

On Broadside, she showed photos of special Thanksgivukkah food items she's received, and even teamed up to make cards and a t-shirt. So far, $20,000 of the sales have gone to a Jewish hunger relief charity.

It's important to enjoy the moment, because Thanksgivukkah won't happen again for a very long time.

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