How to Have the Best Chrismukkah Ever, According to The O.C.
'Tis the season for eggnog and latkes. That's right, ladies and gentlemen: Chrismukkah is almost upon us. The hybrid neologism made famous by Seth Cohen on The O.C. merges Christmas and Hanukkah, and therefore has twice the resistance of any normal holiday. Ahead of Dec. 24—the first night of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve—we took a cue from the beloved teen drama for how to throw an interfaith celebration for the ages.
Below, nine Cohen-approved tips.
Wear a fair isle sweater.
In every Chrismukkah episode that ever aired, you'd better believe that Seth Cohen was wearing an appropriately festive sweater.
Accessorize with a yamaclaus.
Ah, the yamaclaus. The inspired head covering puts a merry spin on the yarmulke, the traditional round cap worn by Jewish men during prayer.
Make holiday cookies.
Holiday parties are synonymous with copious amounts of desserts. Make sure no one feels left out with these interfaith cookie cutters, featuring a Christmas tree with a Star of David topper, a gingerbread man spinning a dreidel, and a reindeer with a menorah instead of antlers.
Light a menorah.
The second night of Hanukkah falls on Christmas, which means that on Chrismukkah, you'll light two candles. Do it in style with this Kate Spade candelabra, which can be moved in different configurations if desired.
Ring a Christmas bell.
It's not a sleigh bell, per se, but this hand-held brass instrument is great for caroling to Death Cab for Cutie.
Spin the dreidel.
No Chrismukkah celebration would be complete without a game of dreidel. If you need a quick refresher on the rules, watch this handy tutorial. Pro tip: You want to land on gimel.
Eat candy canes.
Candy canes are the unofficial snack of Christmas. Try stirring the peppermint-flavored stick in a glass of Manischewitz for double the sweetness.
Decorate with Christmas lights.
Hanukkah may be known as The Festival of Lights, but Christmas revelers typically light up their tree—and often their entire front lawn—with strings of LED lights.
Arguably the most heartbreaking scene in all of the The O.C. is when Ryan hangs up his holiday stocking in the living room, cementing his place in the Cohen family.