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Chrismukkah

December 27, 2011
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In our house we don’t just light the menorah candles or hang our stockings by the fireplace, we do both by celebrating Chrismukkah.

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I thought we were pretty original with this unique holiday tradition, but apparently I was wrong, since it’s been featured on shows like The O.C. and there is even a wikipedia entry explaining this “pop-culture neologism”.

Chrismukkah starts with dusting off our menorah and rush-ordering Hanukkah candles from Amazon, since local stores don’t seem to carry them (Eric went to a holiday store and they offered up a box of “Dutch holiday candles” which contained a total of 4 candles!).

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Next we decorate the house. This year Domino was in charge of decorations.

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Of course there is gift exchange. Eric usually gets eight gifts, one for each night of Hanukkah.

Eric doing dishes in his new PJs

What else can a Jewish woman ask for… except maybe a pair of designer stilettoes, and now I’ve got both Smile

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No holiday is complete without a feast of specialty foods to share with loved ones, so every year we host a Chrismukkah party and invite some friends to light candles and spin a dreidel or two.

This year’s menu included:

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After hours of laboring in the kitchen the dinner came together nicelyIMG_7753

And everyone seem to enjoy it (no food poisoning as far as I know) Smile

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We had some classic appetizers including a cheese platter, shrimp cocktail, trail mix, pineapple, and homemade salmon dip with crackers.

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The first course consisted of a holiday salad (mixed greens, sweet white onion, candied pecans, pomegranate, turkey bacon) and Challah bread.

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Then we sampled some classic Jewish dishes like mini-Reubens, latkes and beef brisket in mushroom sauce.

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For dessert, there were two cakes: richly-flavored Gingerbread and delicious Dutch Apple cake (I got the recipe from www.smittenkitchen.com)

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If you want the recipes for any of the items on this year’s Chrismukkah menu, leave me a comment, and I’ll reply with the recipe details.

We conclude Chrismukkah festivities with Jewish Christmas (aka Chinese food and a movie). 

Chinese Food on Christmas

[Jane Asks]: What are some of your traditions during the winter holiday season?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. IT Dame permalink
    December 28, 2011 10:10 am

    Wonderful baking! Your Grandmother would have been SO proud of you! All dishes look very yummy. Great party, very nice guests. Very well done!

  2. May 4, 2015 7:27 am

    your apple cake looks perfect! i’ve been trying to track down a recipe for ages, fancy spilling the beans?

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