It’s that special time of year again where you get to celebrate your holidays with friends and family; what better way to celebrate than integrating both the festivities of Christmas and Hanukkah. There are many ways to celebrate both holidays in your household so follow along to find fun ways to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah through Food, Fun, and Décor.
Let’s begin with Food. It’s that social item that brings people together so how do you integrate both holiday foods into your celebrations?
Celebrate your Holiday through Christmas and Hanukkah Food
If you are having a formal dinner party to celebrate your holiday you can integrate both Christmas and Hanukkah by having both types of food at the dinner table.
Prepare your traditional Christmas turkey dinner but instead of mashed potatoes why not fry up some traditional Hanukkah Latkes to bring both together.
Finishing your formal dinner with dessert? Throw together a great mix of Christmas and Hanukkah flavors. A Yule Log cake and some Cheese Blintzes topped with fruit to finish off the formal dining. This is the perfect way to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah in a formal food way.
Holiday Party Appetizer Style
A great way to celebrate your holiday is by integrating Christmas and Hanukkah through appetizers. Keep it informal and have plenty of finger foods. Set them out in the kitchen and let the family and guests come and pick away. Some great appetizer ideas bringing in both holiday spirits include:
- Coca Cola brisket sliders
- Herbed Cheese Ball
- Cranberry Brie Pastry Tarts
- Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
- Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
- Cranberry Brie Bites
- Caprese Christmas Wreath
- Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Bites
- Antipasto Skewers
- “Christmas Tree” Pull-Apart Bread
- Cranberry Pecan Mini Goat Cheese Balls
- Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Meatballs
- No-Bake Cookie Butter Blossoms
- Cinnamon Sugar Crackle Cookies
- Dutch Apple Pie Tartlets
- Eggnog Cheesecake
- Egg Nog Donuts
A Nightly Rotation of Flavors
Another great way to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah as a whole family is to do different dinners each night. One night have your Christmas dinner with your unique family traditions and another night have a Hanukkah dinner with its own unique traditions. This is a fun way to celebrate both with the kids while creating great memories for both holidays in their own way.
Snacking all the way…
Finally, the holiday season brings on lots of snacking. A great way to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah through food is to keep festive snacks around the house.
Some great Christmas snacks include:
- Sugar cookies decorated with Christmas
- Gingerbread cookies
- Peanut Brittle
- Holiday Chocolates
- Candy Cane Bark
Some great Hanukkah snacks include:
- Sugar Cookies decorated with Hanukkah
- Hanukkah Gelt Homemade or Buy here
- Sweet Latkes
Celebrate your Holiday through Christmas and Hanukkah Activities
Celebrating the holidays is all about fun with family and there are so many fun activities you can do together.
Crafting into Holiday Spirits
To get the festivities started and celebrate your holidays having two different advent calendars or countdown to the holidays will get the whole family excited. You can make these homemade if you cannot find any to buy. Counting down 30 days until the holiday gets everyone excited for the upcoming days. If making a homemade Hanukkah Advent calendar use Hanukkah Gelt as the chocolate as this is the traditional Hanukkah Chocolate.
Gingerbread houses are fun for the whole family to do together. A great idea is to make two gingerbread houses one for Christmas and one for Hanukkah. Find them here!
Crafts are a fun way to spend time together as a family and a perfect way to create DIY decorations in both Christmas and Hanukkah style. Make homemade Christmas tree ornaments but make them with a Hanukkah theme. A reindeer with a menorah as antlers, a Christmas tree with a star of David on top. Christmas tree ornaments are perfect for the Christmas tree and by making them with a Hanukkah twist you are celebrating both holidays. How about a combined “Chrismukkah” puzzle? Find it here.
Creative Imagination in Christmas and Hanukkah Ways
The Elf on the Shelf has become a Christmas tradition inspiring kids all over to be good. The elf moves around the house and is watching the kids and passing the messages on to Santa Claus in the North Pole. Let’s add a little Hanukkah into mix and add in the Mensch on the Bench. Moshe the Mensch and his family are on a mission to inspire others to be honorable Mensches and to bring fun and laughter to your family during the holiday season to integrate Christmas and Hanukkah together you can do a combined Elf on the Shelf and Mensch on the Bench activities. Move the elf on the shelf around the house so he is watching the kids all around the house and sometimes getting himself into mischief and move the mensch on the bench around taking care of the Elf on the Shelf and doing his Mitvas showing kids that good deeds are rewarded.
Quality Christmas and Hanukkah Moments
Another great activity to celebrate your holiday is reading books together as a family. Reading a different holiday book each night keeps both holidays alive; if you read two books in a night read one Christmas and one Hanukkah. You can mix it up between Christmas books, Hanukkah books, and some mixed books.
Read More: Celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah
Christmas Books to Read Include:
Hanukkah Books to Read Include:
Christmas and Hanukkah Mixed Books “Chrismukkah” Include:
- Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama
- My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story
- Blintzes for Blitzen
- Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus
- Light The Lights! A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah And Christmas
Celebrate your Holiday Through Home Decorations
Decorating brings so much joy to families all over. Celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah can make decorating a little more complicated but by combing the decorations you can bring both holidays together.
The focus décor point during Christmas is the Christmas tree. Some ideas on bringing both Christmas and Hannukah Decorations together include:
- Decorate the tree in blue and silver colors
- Use a Menorah as the tree topper
- Use the star of David as the tree topper
- Add some Jewish ornaments onto the tree
- Vase of Hanukkah Gelt topped with Point Cetas
- Vase of Dreidels topped with Point Cetas
- Garland on any banisters decorated with a Blue and Silver theme
- Make your Menorah candles green and red
Dress to Impress
Finally, get yourself and your family into the mixed spirits with how you dress and the music you listen to. You can get matching Christmas and Hanukkah Pajamas, Chrismukkah sweaters or pick different theme days through the holiday season and focus on Christmas and Hanukkah. Listen to Christmas and Hanukkah songs when hanging out together as a family. Especially when you are doing your decorating and crafts as it’s the perfect time to bring joy through music.
Celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah is fun for the whole family and integrating both holidays together through food, fun, and décor brings the spirits alive during this happy time with friends and family.
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