The holiday season is upon us and for Jews this means that the festival of Hanukkah will begin on the eve of December 16th. Hanukkah is an oft misunderstood holiday outside of the Jewish community. Christians in the community usually mistake the holiday for the Jewish equivalent of Christmas. These two holidays do indeed fall within close proximity to one another and there are superficial similarities such as decorations of a festival nature. These similarities are as far as these two holidays come to being parallel. Unlike Christmas, which is a significant holiday to Christians, Hanukkah is a minor and insignificant holiday for Jews. The theme of the holiday is not so much supernatural as it is based upon the ancient battle against oppression and persecution that was fought against the Assyrian Greeks by the Jewish Maccabees.