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The Jewish mother who coined ‘Thanksgivukkah’ tells all

Fame touched down in Norwood this fall, after Dana Gitell, a 37-year-old Jewish mother, coined — and then trademarked — a term for a holiday that became the toast of the nation: Thanksgivukkah. It celebrates the happy convergence of the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving and has been acknowledged by various media outlets and embraced by celebrities, including President Obama. On Wednesday morning, with Thanksgivukkah mere hours away, Gitell, a marketing specialist at NewBridge on the Charles, a Dedham retirement community, talked about going from relative obscurity to the front page of national newspapers.

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