03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hanukkah 2009: 8 Ways To Celebrate The Jewish Holiday By Going Geek

While all of the gentiles (or goyim) are celebrating a holiday where all the gifts are opened at once -- after being delivered through the chimney by an overweight icon in a red suit -- I'll be lighting a candle and opening one gift a night. Starting tonight at sundown. That's right folks, I celebrate Chanukah. Or Hanukah, Hanuka, Hannukah, Hanukkah, Channukah or just חֲנֻכָּה. Basically, the spelling is up in the air as it's a translation of sounds like any language based on symbols. I like to use Chanukah for some reason, maybe because the CH sound at the beginning forces me to make it sound like a Klingon word.

Now that we've established my religious preference (though if my wife would let me I'd convert to Pastafarian in a heartbeat) let's take a look at eight random ways you can make Chanukah as geeky (or at least as fun) as humanly (or robotically) possible whether you celebrate it or not.