Joy Vey! Hanukkah and Christmas come together December 24

This year two holiday traditions overlap, and I think that’s just perfect for Christmas in America, 2016 style. Christmas Eve and Hanukkah begin on December 24. What a time to celebrate with one another, no?

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There is hope in this world, ya’ll. Especially here at home. You just have to look for all the flashing lights, like the ones from this giant menorah in Birmingham.

How exactly do these two holidays overlap in 2016? USA Today has more on all the moving around. If you are a fan of pop culture and television dramas, you might recognize this time as a real Chrismukkah, thanks to The O.C.

The beautiful part is how many inter-faith families are blending their Christmas and Hanukkah traditions during this rare occurrence. Here’s a bit more on the history behind this observance.

Want to take part? Be sure to check out the Great Wall of Chinakah Chinese dinner on Dec. 25, and the Grand Menorah Lighting on Dec. 26 by the Saks Plaza at The Summit, hosted by the Chabad of Alabama and Levite Jewish Community Center.

For more information on both events listed above, check out this story from Village Living. Want to know more about the Jewish community right here in Birmingham? Check out these calendar listings from our Jewish community:

  1. Beth Hallel
  2. Chabad of Alabama
  3. Knesseth Israel Congregation
  4. Temple Beth-El
  5. Temple Emanu-El
  6. More resources from The Birmingham Jewish Federation

Just FYI, that makes three traditions with overlapping dates this year: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas.  Kwanzaa is Dec. 26-Jan. 1, while Hanukkah begins at sunset on December 24 and runs through Jan. 1.

Enjoy your time with one another, Birmingham. What a magical opportunity for all of us to celebrate the holidays together. Peace to all of you, and let’s continue to see the light in one another.