And in your curiosity, you might have turned and asked some of the following questions to a neighboring Hebrew. Lord knows I get these ever year, so I thought I'd take care of them all in one shot. Right here:
1. "Is Hanukkah like the most important Jewish holiday?"
No. It's actually one of the least important Jewish holidays. In fact, it's pretty much a mere historical rememberance. Y'see, in ancient Syria, almost two hundred years before Jesus was a sparkle in his father's immaculate pants, King Antiochus essentially outlawed the practice of Judaism and desecrated the temple in a pretty nasty way. (Slaughtered pigs there. Dick Move). In any event, that desecration sparked a revolt. Ultimately, Judah Maccabee led a band of guerrillas against the Syrian Army and... won. And since we Jews wouldn't be used to kicking military ass for another 2000 years with the creation of the Israeli military, it was a big deal. We made a holiday out of it.
2. "Really? Are you sure? Then why is Hanukkah like the only Jewish holiday I almost sort of know about?"
Yom Kippur. The day of atonement. Now that's a big Jewish holiday. Happens in the fall. The only reason Gentiles think Hanukkah is important at all is because it takes place around Christmas. And because it's next to Christmas, we Jews want to join in the reindeer games too and do fun holiday things like giving gifts and singing silly songs. But we only do that because Hanukkah is such a nothing of a holiday. If we were celebrating something important like Yom Kippur, we'd never pervert it with presents and candy. Y'know, just like you guys wouldn't mess around with one of your important Christian holidays. Oh, right. I guess I can see how you got confused.