default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Time to embrace your inner elf

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 5:25 pm | Updated: 5:29 pm, Wed Dec 1, 2010.

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.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • Brandi Poole posted at 4:39 pm on Fri, Dec 3, 2010.

    Brandi Poole Posts: 79

    DOUG! Hey! Boy do I miss all of you, and our Friday cook-outs! What a surprise! Thanks so much for the compliments, and right back at ya. Please give my love and Holiday wishes to everyone, Especially Santa (Gary). I love you all, and hopefully we can get together one of these days. I am working at the Senior Center in San Andreas. Love it.
    Merry Christmas!

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:56 am on Fri, Dec 3, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    We miss you Ms. Brandi Poole. You were the most kind hearted, beautiful, personable and lovable Santa's helper . We miss the pictures at the House o Coffees with the children, pets and adults alike. We love you and miss you and wish you a merry Christmas! And thank you for your many hours of volunteerism feeding and mentoring the homeless, needy, poor and those just down on their luck. And you not onlygive plenty of smiles, but get many more in return. God bless you Brandi, and your family and friends who do so much to always help others.

  • Brandi Poole posted at 6:03 pm on Thu, Dec 2, 2010.

    Brandi Poole Posts: 79

    Ho! Ho! Ho! I heartily agree. I enjoy my holidays, just a little more, knowing that maybe I was able to give some smiles. I give of my time, and I do it generously. Selfishly speaking, it just makes me feel good.

  • Jim Anger posted at 11:21 am on Thu, Dec 2, 2010.

    Jim Anger Posts: 89

    A very kind thought Drools! Its why I give often (and a lot) to my favorite charity... this time of year. Which brings me to beg your readers, won't you do the same? Please send your generous CASH donations to: "The Jim Anger Porsche Fund, International!" Make a middle aged guy merry and fulfilled with the gift of fine German engineering and unique high speed road handling. For a little bit more, you could even throw in a few prepaid gas cards and discounts on tires and custom rims! Remember Christmas comes but once a year (except for Julie) give till it hurts - Oh, and make sure its.... RED! ;-)


Popular Stories



Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists