Sarah Meytin, 37, always puts thought into Hanukkah, hosting a party for family, giving gifts and thinking carefully about how to communicate to her children, ages 5 and 7, about the history of the holiday, which commemorates a historic Jewish victory over oppression.
But this year, she did more. Considering the merger with Thanksgiving, the preschool director made her own menurkey by hand and raised money with her children to feed a family in need over the holiday.
Some people she knows are marking the holidays separately so they don't lose the uniqueness of either, said Meytin, who lives in Silver Spring. "But I felt, how can we have this holiday about giving thanks and it happens to fall on Hanukkah — this unique occurrence in our lifetimes — and not honor that in a unique way?"