A satiric term
for the merging of December holiday traditions within
a mixed-faith family, or by a person who celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah
. Chrismukkah is also an ironic, alternative winter holiday, much like
has been used by some in the Jewish
community as a wry commentary on the growing commercialization of Hanukkah
in reaction to the dominance of Christmas in American culture.
In 2005, the Jewish
Museum of Berlin presented a show called Chrismukkah and sourced it's origin
to assimilated German-Jews of the late 1800s who called the holiday "Weihnukkah." Weihnachten
is the German word for Christmas.
In the United States, Chrismukkah caught on in the late 1990s after
a faux press release written by school
teacher Michael Nathanson was read on NPR's Car Talk. It was widely circulated through email and Internet joke websites. Chrismukkah gained pop-culture fame after
being featured in the FOX television program
The O.C. A character Seth Cohen is often mistakenly credited with