Thought maybe some would like to read aboot what Channuka is about, so I've copied this wee story from the boys wee books.
Over two thousand years ago the Syrians and Greeks took the Temple in Jerusalem away from the Jews. They filled the Temple with statues of their Gods and tried to force the Jews to worship these idols.
The Jews refused and were treated very harshly because of this.
A small group of Jews, under Judah Maccabee decided to fight for their freedom
Maccabee means 'hammer and for three years these soldiers known as the Maccabees hammered at the enemy until, at last Jerusalem was freed.
When the Maccabees re entered the Temple they found that the lamp of Eternal light was no longer burning.
Though they searched for the special oil with which to relight the lamp, only a tiny jar, enough for one day, could be found.
A miracle occurred however as the oil lasted for eight days, during which time the Jews celebrated the rededication of the Temple.
Channuka means dedication and now we know why it is also known as the Festival of Lights.
Since this time, the eight days starting with the twenty-fifth day of Kislev are kept as a joyous festival in memory of the re dedication of the Temple.
Today Channuka is celebrated by lighting the Menorah, a Channuka lamp with places for nine candles, eight for the eight days during which the miraculous oil burned, and a ninth with which to light the others.
Using the extra candle or Shammash, we light candles every night, starting with one and adding to it each day, until on the eighth day all eight candles are lit.
To all my friends here, have a blessed and peaceful Channuka full of life and love.