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chrismakkuh gift guide

 

Looking for yet another reason to eat delicious food and give (and receive!) gifts in the upcoming month?   Chrismukkah is the ultimate interfaith holiday.

The holiday originated on the television show The O.C. in the early 00’s in a mixed Jewish-Christian household, when Seth Cohen declared that he had “created the greatest super-holiday known to mankind”.  It is now a part of pop culture-and isn’t just for interfaith households-but can be celebrated by everyone.  Before it worked its way into the mainstream, many Jews were already celebrating Christmas as a “festival of the world around us”.  Many contemporary Jews were celebrating Christmas in a secular sense, while celebrating Hanukkah as their religious holiday.  Now more than ever, in the year 2016, when the first day of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve at sundown, Chrismukkah can bring friends and family together for food and celebration.

 THE FH QUICK CHRISMAKKUH GUIDE

 Start the evening out in true Shabbat style with challah bread!   A perfect hostess gift is this Shabbat set from Faithhaus, including a beautiful challah cover: 

shabbat

 

A universally loved appetizer is potato latkes. Here is a great contemporary recipe. Serve with sour cream and applesauce:

http://www.purewow.com/recipes/The-Crispiest-Potato-Latkes-Ever

hanukkah latke

 
Wine is a must! This one isn't kosher, but it is made by a Jew. Does that help?

love and squalor winery

 
Forget lampshades on your head, wearing a yamaclaus at a party is much cooler:

 hanukkah yamaclaus

Make your own with this super cute DIY project:

diy yamaclaus

 Directions here:  http://www.yamaclaus.com/yamaclaus-print/

 

8 DAYS OF PRESENTS

 The Magic of Chrismukkah is in the 8 days of presents, with one special day filled with many presents! 

Light the first candle with this contemporary menorah $150

menorah

The perfect all natural beeswax candles for the menorah (or a birthday cake!) $23 for 45

hanukkah candles

A gnome/tomte/nisse lurking on your mantle adds a Scandinavian touch without screaming CHRISTMAS, $20-28

christmas gnomes tomte nisse

 

A wreath on the door? Get a year-round rustic look with this faux deer-antler wreath $100

 christmas antler wreath

 
For your fashion-forward set the ‘shalom’ necklace in 14k gold:

 shalom faith necklace

 
We love it layered with the Bronze Virgin Mary necklace for an interfaith fashion vibe!:

faith catholic necklace

For the home with an organic and modern look this Kiddush cup (doubles as a contemporary chalice!) fits the bill : 

 kiddush cup

 

The hamsa is the universal symbol of protection and good luck. This gold leaf hamsa is the perfect interfaith décor for your space.

hamsa spiritual

 

 Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Faithhaus!

green heart

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