Had the Jews thought of incorporating Pagan traditions like trees and Santa Claus into Hanukkah, Judaism would now be the world's largest religion and Hitler would have been killing Christians in concentration camps..
Think about it, Hanukkah, also written as Ḥănukkāh and/or Chanukah and known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication is the celebration of the retaking of Jerusalem and re dedication of the Temple by the Maccabean Jews on the 25th day of Kislev-- the first day of Hanukkah, one of many of the Holidaze various religions celebrate this time of year.
Most Christians celebrate a virgin birth on the 25 day of December-- think about it.
Interestingly enough, many modern day scholars say this was part of a war between the Maccabean Jews who won and the Hellenized Jews who lost control of Jerusalem. These same scholars believe the Hellenistic Jews were among the first to convert to Christianity some 3 to 5 centuries later.
While Christians simply co-opted most of the Pagan winter rituals and rites, when it came to Jewish traditions they felt the need to top them. And thus the 9 day celebration of Hanukkah became the Twelvetide, affectionately known around the world as, the 12 Days of Christmas, and still practiced by several more orthodox Christian groups.
Sometimes wars are won off the battlefield.
This year Hanukkah begins on Subday, December 2, 2018 and lasts until Monday, December 10, 2018. But things could have happened very differently.
Enjoy the Holidaze, hope we all have many more. Oh, and Happy Hanukkah.