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Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) and Marissa (Mischa Barton) consider the wonders of Chrismukkah in The O.C. episode "Chrismukkah Bar Mitz-vahkkah."

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Chrismukkah

Christmas and Hanukkah unite in Chrismukkah, the perfect holiday for families with both Christians and Jews. Chrismukkah came to life on “The O.C.,” invented by the character Seth Cohen to celebrate the traditions of his Protestant mother and Jewish father. Seth describes Chrismukkah as “eight days of presents, followed by one day of many presents.”

With a tree and a menorah for decorations, Christmas Day on “The O.C.” episode is spent opening many presents, watching holiday movies, and eating Chinese takeout.

The interfaith holiday even has a website. Chrismukkah.com stirred up some controversy in 2004, when the New York Catholic League said the holiday offended Jews and Christians.

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