Chanukah does not need to be compared to any other religious observance, or celebrated in any out-of-proportion way. Chanukah stands on its own merit and deserves its own unique reputation and honored status in Jewish life – as a celebration of the uprising for religious freedom, as a celebration of the rededication of the Holy Temple to the service of God, as a reminder to continually strive for the cause of freedom for all people, and as a celebration of the winter season and of bringing new light into places of darkness.
Rabbi Wayne D. Dosick. Living Judaism: The Complete Guide to Jewish Belief, Tradition, and Practice. HarperOne. 1995. 154.