Chrismakkah 2016

The running joke among American Jews is the annual tradition of eating Chinese food and watching movies on Christmas Eve. My own family has spent many a December 25th noshing on shrimp fried rice and watching Star Wars. Unfortunately, the cherished practice was forced to come to a pause this year; this Christmas Eve happens to be the rst of the eight days of Hanukkah, meaning Jews across the coun- try were munching on potato latkes and gelt instead of General Tso’s. Thus, the term “Chrismukkah” became an instant craze to describe this year’s holiday season. So, accordingly, we have a list of fun holiday activities that will be a blast for Christmas-celebrators, Hanukkah-enthusiasts, and anyone in between.

•Cut out snow akes! This is a classic family activity that will produce fun and unique holiday decorations that aren’t specified to Christmas or Hanukkah. Fold a piece of white paper in half three times (can be folded more times if wanted) and cut out any pattern of shapes and designs out of the folded paper. This craft is perfect for younger children because there is no right or wrong way to do it, and every flake will end up different and beautiful!

•Holiday baking! Choose from the endless list of fun and unique baking ideas Pinterest has to offer. Decorate your treat with a combination of blues, reds, yellows, and any other color to make the nished product holiday-neutral but still delicious!

•Go outside! Make the best of the snow and the chilly air this year! Bundle up the family and head outside for the snow. Go sledding at the Trump Na- tional Gold Club, on the soccer eld at Todd Elementary School, or a friend’s backyard. Gather the neighbors and have a snowball ght. Go the creative route and build a jolly snowman. With a yard full of snow and a pair of mit- tens, the possibilities are endless.

•Send holiday cards to our soldiers! Take a moment this holiday season to show your appreciation for the brave men and women serving our country. Bring the family together to make sweet holiday cards and put together care packages for our soldiers. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of knowing you made someone’s holiday season a little brighter! Go to http://www.operationgratitude.com for detailed information on what to include and where to send your package or letter.

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