If you're intending to buy gifts for friends and family celebrating Chanukah, it might be helpful to know that it starts fairly early this year. Of course, if it sneaks up on you, you'll still have the other seven nights to get your act together. But if you're the type to put your holiday shopping off until a couple days before Christmas, remember that you may be in the mall a good week after your Jewish friends have put their menorahs away.
Looking ahead to 2013, note that it's going to fall even earlier: The first night of Chanukah will be Wednesday, Nov. 27.
And since we're also getting the latest possible Thanksgiving Day that year -- Nov. 28 -- the Jewish festival of lights will kick off before the official start to the holiday shopping season.