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Time to embrace your inner elf

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Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 5:25 pm

One more week of halo action and then I'll return to my usual state of snarkiness. I feel it coming on and I'll let it loose as it comes.

But first, just a word to everyone caught up in the holiday madness. I'm a Christmas fanatic. I love everything about it. Always have. Many people get irritated when Christmas stuff gets put into stores before Thanksgiving and I can see their point. But it doesn't bother me at all. I like Christmas so much that one year my husband threw a surprise birthday party for me (in April) that was a complete Christmas theme: All the presents were wrapped in Christmas wrap, the house was decorated - tree, lights, and all. It was awesome.

Anyway - back to my point - and I do have one: While you're celebrating, spending, wrapping, partying and over-indulging, please remember those who don't have it as good as you do.

Take the bucks you spend on designer coffee for a few days and grab an Angel Card from Lodi Adopt-A-Child. You don't really need a new pair of shoes to go with the holiday outfit so take that money and adopt a senior at LOEL Center.

If you're short of cash like most of the nation, volunteer. Sign up at the Salvation Army to ring the bell for a day - it's more fun than you'd think and you meet people in the process (word to the wise - dress warmly).

If you have a neighbor who can't get around very well, offer to rake their leaves or hang their Christmas lights. Take them some homemade cookies. There are hundreds of ways to give and trust me when I tell you it is all appreciated.

If it's easiest for you to write a check - do that. If what you can offer is time . . . do that.

Don't just talk the talk. Walk the walk. Help someone have a happy holiday and I guarantee you'll have a happy one too.