Tonight is December 1st. The first night of Chanukah begins this evening with the lighting of the 1st menorah candle and will be celebrated by our Jewish friends for 8 days. It is a beautiful story & celebration with deep religious meaning relating back centuries.
I found a wonderful web site, www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah that shares the significance of Chanukah customs, observances, and more. From the giving of gifts or gelt, playing the dreidel game, significance of the special foods, the menorah and lighting of the candles, to the explanation of how & why the holiday is spelled two ways but really pronounced the same way (Chanukah or Hanukkah), it is all there. BTW ~ It is appropriate and can be spelled both ways. (To simplify, I am kinda thinking it is similar to old school vs new school ways.)