Rebecca, I had a similar situation in an apartment I lived in several years ago, where I had a 6 month lease but I lived there for about 2 1/2 years. In my situation, once the lease was up, I just had to give 30 days written notice that I would be moving out. I'd think the worst case scenario would be that you'd have to pay rent on your current place until 1/5/05 (assuming you gave your notice today) and so you'd be paying rent in 2 places for 5 days. Which might not be that bad of a thing, since you could move your stuff a little more slowly.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed
door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
Helen Keller (1880–1968)