Uh, in keeping with the research done for accuracy in the strip. You light one Hanukkah candle on the first night…
Well, two, but only one counts. The candle on the highest branch is the shamash. It is lit first and technically doesn’t count as a Hanukkah candle. After the prayer is said it is then used to light the other candles on the hanukkiah (usually called a menorah, a little different but even most Jews don’t bother with the difference).
So a shamash is lit every night. First night (last night this year) it is used to light one candle, the second night two candles, the third night three, etc. Traditionally the hanukkiah is filled from the right and lit from the left.
So this must represent the last night of Hanukkah – next week. He’s not using shamash to do the lighting. And he’s lighting in the wrong direction.
“So, other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”