An extremely rare event happens this year when Hanukkah starts the day before Thanksgiving, which means Thanksgiving day is the second light day of Hanukkah.
According to number crunchers, the last time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving occurred at the same time was in 1888., since Thanksgiving was declared a federal holiday by President Lincoln.
Thanksgiving was declared as the last Thursday in November by Lincoln in 1863. Then President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress fixing it as the fourth Thursday starting in 1942.
Boston mother of two, Dana Gitell, partnered with an artist and the Jewish gift site Moderntribe to create and sell souvenir T-shirts, cards, and a poster to commemorate Hanukkah and Thanksgiving being celebrated at the same time. She believes this is a happy and meaningful coincidence and 10 percent of the proceeds will go to a Jewish hunger relief organization funde called Mazon.
Dana Gitell said, 'It's an opportunity for us to really celebrate the Jewish American experience, and to give thanks in America for the religious freedom we enjoy here, and for making the Jewish American experience possible.'