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BOISE With many of us focusing on Thanksgiving, the Jewish community is also celebrating the first full day of Hanukkah.

This is the first time in over a hundred years the two holidays fell on the same day.

Thanksgiving, is a feast of the harvest. Pilgrims, who came to this country for religious freedom wanted to throw a celebration and give thanks.

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that also celebrates religious freedom. Thursday, many are combining the day and the meal.

Inside the Fox home in Eagle, they're cooking, just like a lot of other families on this holiday.

For us it's like combining two holidays where you're thankful for things, said Nathen Fox.

They're just a few of the thousand or so Jews in the Treasure Valley celebrating Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

We're combining them all together, said Fox.

And that means the food too. So their thanksgiving meal will have traditional thanksgiving food, alongside traditional Hanukkah food.

I think it's more meaningful having them on the same day and for us it's more fun because grandma is here and the kids get to open their presents all at the same time as Thanksgiving and it's earlier for them, said Fox.

There's not a person who is still alive the last time these two holidays coincided, that was 1888.

The next time it will they will overlap is 2070 and 2165. Those years Jews will light the first Hanukkah light while the turkey is on the dinner table.

To have a whole entire day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coinciding will not happen again for another 70,000 years, said Rabbi Mendell Lifshitz, Director of the Chabad Jewish Center.

With such a unique opportunity, many are embracing the day.

So for American Jews, we really feel the message of thanksgiving, it really resonates and especially at Hanukkah, because Hanukkah as well celebrates this victory over religious oppression, said Lifshitz.

And what better way to celebrate than eating a lot of food with those we love.

Both of them are time of reflection, gratitude and a time when families get together, said Lifshitz.

Hanukkah fluctuates about 11 days each year and typically begins sometimes in December.

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