Millions of people observe Christmas and Hanukkah each year. But, did you know that the two festivals, which have long been thought of as Christian and Jewish respectively may actually have more in common than we thought?
It turns out that "Hanukkah" (dedication in Hebrew) or The Feast of Re-dedication of the second Jewish temple in Israel is celebrated annually on the 25th of Kislev, which would be the month of December on the Gregorian calendar. Christians celebrate the birth of Christ annually on December 25 (though Christ was not born on that day).
The Jewish people, whom many became followers of Christ, wanted to honor their heritage of winning the battle against evil and restoring the temple of God and also the prophecy and birth of Jesus Christ. It cannot be a coincidence that both celebrations occur on the 25 of December (Kislev). However, because the Jewish people use the moon to count the days of the week, Hanukkah can occur in late November through December.
Years ago, I didn't ponder too much on the significance of the two; however, I always paid homage to both festivals feeling a connection to my Jewish heritage (even if by adoption) and my love for the Savior of the World.
Any connection to paganism is actually incorrect. All one needs to do is to study the bible to see the beautiful connection that exists between two faiths that surprisingly have looked to the deeper understanding and application of these two world-renown events.