This year Chanukah starts on Wednesday, 21st December 2011. We will light the first flame on Tuesday afternoon, 20th Dec.
On the first night of Chanukah one says 3 Brachot:
1. Lehadlik Ner Sel Chanukah - "Blessed... to light the Chanukah lights"
3. Shehechiyanu - "Blessed... who has kept us alive, sustained us and permitted us to reach this occasion."
The Brachot are said before lighting.
On the other 7 nights one only says the first 2 Brachot.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 139:12, 13
Sunday, 22 Kislev 5772
Please daven for the complete recovery of Miriam bat Esther-Devora