Thanksgivikah? Lunar calendar lands Hannukah on Thanksgiving this year

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Temple Beth Israel in Eugene started decorating for Hannukah this week

EUGENE, Ore. - The local Jewish community is facing a rare once-in-a-century dilemma this holiday season:

How do you celebrate two holidays that fall on the same day?

This year, the second night of Hannukah falls on the same day as Thanksgiving. Both are holidays Americans in the Jewish community traditionally celebrate.

The coincidence happens because the observation of Hannukah isn't fixed to a specific date.

"Unlike Christmas, the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar," said Nina Korican, executive director of Temple Beth Israel in Eugene.

Though the lunar calendar has traditionally allowed the Jewish community to celebrate Hannukah while the celebration of Christmas took place, members of the Jewish community told NewsSource 16 that December will be a bit quieter this year.

But those in the Jewish faith are embracing the double holiday.

Meet "Thanksgivikah."

Korican said the holidays complement each other not only in purpose but also cuisine.

"It will be potato overload," she said.