The eight days of Hanukkah is a great reminder to Christians that Christmas is twelve days.
Christmas is not just Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. So often people say, 'now that Christmas is over ...' - I heard it on the news yesterday. It was a lead to discuss the eight days of Hanukkah - which is fine - but just like Hanukkah which began on December 24, so did the Christmas 'season'.
Liturgically, Catholics refer to it as the Octave of Christmas, which is eight days - in other words, Christmas is eight days too. However, Christmastide is even longer, traditionally concluding on Epiphany - or Twelfth Night - yet very truly extending to February 2, Candlemas, the fortieth day of Christmas-Epiphany season.
Bonus: Carnival begins on Epiphany, so if you still love to party - you can do so until Ash Wednesday. Rock on!
Full of grace