It’s Thanksgivukkah time!
This year, Thanksgiving and the first day of Chanukah both fall on November 28, making the special holiday of Thanksgivukkah. The two holidays won’t coincide again for hundreds of years, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate this special convergence by combining two holiday favorites – the handprint turkey and the handprint menorah to create what many are calling the Menurkey.
Here’s how to make a super-festive, one-of-a-kind Thanksgivukkah Menurkey:
- A child (any age) willing to let you trace his or her hands. If no child is available, adult hands work fine, too.
- Construction paper
- Sequins and/or other embellishments
First, take a sheet of construction paper and trace your child’s hands on it. You’ll want to the fingers to be slightly apart to look the most turkey-like. Cut out the handprints.
Next, put the two handprint turkeys together so that the thumbs/turkey heads come together in the middle to create the shamash, or “helper” candle that is used to light the other candles on the menorah each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.
Glue the two handprints to construction paper.
Add candle flames. We used sequins, but lots of other things would work, too. For interactive fun, you can have kids add one more flame each night to the menurkey throughout the holiday.
Here the menurkey is shown lit for the second night of Hanukkah, which is also Thanksgiving.
If you want to add more detail to your turkeys, you can add eyes and a red waddle. My kids and I glued on googly eyes, cut a red sequin in half for the waddle, and used crayons for turkey legs and a “Happy Thanksgivukkah” message, but whatever you have in your craft stash would work just as well.