As someone who loves candles as much as I do, Hanukkah is the perfect holiday for me. It is relatively uncommercial, goes on for eight nights and is a wonderful celebration of togetherness and light.
In our home Hanukkah is looked forward to with just as much anticipation and happiness as we do Christmas and the Winter Solstice. Hey we never claimed to be normal, just happy.
The history of the holiday is very interesting and worth reading up on in more detail. A good place to start is here. The short version is that either it is because the rededication of the second temple of Solomon was done over eight days, or after a Byzantine siege only one days worth of oil was secured but it miraculously lasted for eight days. In any case today it stands as a great holiday that is worth celebrating regardless of your cultural heritage. After all, it makes a great excuse to get together with family and friends one more time.