Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! (For those of you who celebrate Christmas, that is. I most certainly do!)

I’m so very excited to see how Nathan reacts to unwrapping his presents this year! He had a lot of fun last year and thought all his presents were super cool, but he didn’t really understand the whole Christmas concept. Of course, he was only ten months old, by the way.

Speaking of the Christmas season, you guys want to know what drives me crazy?

Of COURSE you do!

Well, I’m all about giving to charities. But every year around the holiday season, just about every place I go asks for donations. And how can you say no? YOU CAN’T. I mean, all the charities are for great causes… feeding hungry children, Alzheimer’s, cancer, etc. Anyone who refuses to donate to causes such as those (almost) deserves to be attacked by a random swarm of stinging insects and then pecked nearly to death by ravenous angry vultures. HOW CAN YOU SAY NO TO THE HUNGRY CHILDREN? The only issue I have with stores asking for my donation is that I am unfamiliar with most of the charities that I am being asked to contribute to. I don’t know how much of my money is actually going to feed hungry children or how much is actually going to go to Alzheimer’s research.  I don’t feel comfortable donating to a charity that very well could only be giving a small percentage of that money for the cause. But then again, I CAN NEVER SAY NO. I don’t want to look up one day and realize that a tree squirrel is dive-bombing right at my head with arms laden with noggin-bruising nuts as the last thought I have before I hit the ground is I should have fed the hungry children.

Because that’s karma for ya.

So I give to the charities and hope that the stores chose one that is legit. I mean, it’s Christmas, afterall. And I totally get that people are in a more-or-less charitable mood, so it’s a lot easier to get donations from people this time of year more than any other.

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas (and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, then have a wonderful Whatever You Celebrate Day) and don’t eat too much chocolate! (Ok, scratch that. Indulge yourselves. It’s only once a year!)

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