The Menorah, a nine-slotted candelabra became the symbol of the holiday. It actually represents the basis for the name of the holiday since Menorah in Hebrew is Hanukiyah which means candelabra. At the end of the struggle to regain the Temple, an oil lamp was lit to honor the eight days of the struggle but the Maccabees only had enough oil to keep it lit for one day. That it kept burning for the entire eight days signified once again the miracle that the beheld. This led to the nine candle candelabra with the ninth candle, placed at the center, being the candle for lighting the others. It is called a shammas, the "servant" candle.
Hanukkah is a time when Jews look at their heritage and the strength it took for them to keep the faith alive. Just like we Christians, they faltered many times in their faith, yet strong leaders stepped forward to get them back on track over many generations. They are the brothers and sisters of all Christians, since the Torah, or the Old Testament is the foundation for our faith as well as theirs. We both celebrate and wish them Happy Hanukkah as they enter this special time of faith. May we always stand together for the Light and Goodness and against the Dark and evil. It's what God expects of all of us.