I find it sadly ironic that since the early 4th century AD, the church has despised the traditions of her Jewish roots while openly embracing pagan traditions through the process of syncretism. For instance, although Y'shua was born on the first day of the Levitical Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles), modern gentile Christendom has no problem celebrating the birth of Y'shua on December 25. That is the day that pagan sun god worshipers celebrate the birth of the Babylonian sun god Tammuz. Likewise, although Y'shua became first fruits of the resurrection when He was raised from the dead on the Levitical Feast of First Fruits, modern gentile Christendom has no problem celebrating His resurrection on the date of the pagan feast of Ishtar, the mother and wife of Tammuz. But modern Christendom rejects the celebration of holidays like Hanukkah because they are “Jewish”.
What makes us think that Yahveh would be pleased that we embrace paganism while rejecting Judaism? How did the church come to the conclusion that Yahveh is open to moving the celebration of events like the birth and resurrection of Y'shua to coincide with the celebration of pagan rituals like Saturnalia and Easter? Moreover, why would the church conclude that this would be more pleasing to Yahveh than celebrating these events on the Levitical Feast days on which they actually occurred, in fulfillment of the prophetic significances of those feasts?
Until forbidden to do so by the pagan emperor Constantine, circa 325 AD, the early church kept all of the Moedim (Feasts of Yahveh listed in Leviticus 23) including the seventh day Sabbath. But Constantine hated the Jews and imposed his anti-Semitism on the church by forbidding her to do anything the “detestable” Jews did (Constantine’s words, not mine). The church’s abhorrence of doing anything “Jewish”, like celebrating Hanukkah, deprives her of a great blessing; the blessing of celebrating the Nes Gadol Haya Sham, the great miracles that happened there! See my article mentioned above to learn what they were. I challenge you to get a Hanukkah Menorah this year and use it to teach your children and grandchildren about the great miracles that happened there and the great miracles that Yahveh has done in the life of your family.
Happy Hanukkah, 5775 (2014)