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Add movie, marshmallows to day's merriment

Yes, it's the most wonderful time of the year.

But in the bay area, there's no Jack Frost nipping at your nose.

You can forget building Frosty the Snowman.

And caroling out in the snow just ain't gonna happen.

So after all the mistletoeing, present opening and hearts a' glowing, what are you going to do the rest of the day?

Here are a few ideas to make the most out of the most wonderful time of the year:

1 Go through the Christmas cards you've received and cut out the art. Save them in a bag for next year's Christmas tags. It's so eco-friendly and economical, it's delightful.

2 Cutting up the Christmas cards reminds you that you never got around to sending out your own. Thank goodness for e-mail. Lots of sites offer free e-mail holiday cards, so start Googling. Check out, where you can upload photos of family members and impress friends and family with groovy dance moves.

3 See a movie. Typically some of the best movies all year come out on Christmas Day. Sherlock Holmes, The Lovely Bones and Nine are three.

4 Roast marshmallows over an open fire and share favorite memories of Christmases past.

6 If you haven't seen the illuminated night display at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, do it now. Approximately 425,000 lights and numerous light sculptures make the gardens glow. The display is open daily, from 6 to 10 p.m., through Jan. 3. The gardens are at 12520 Ulmerton Road (inside Pinewood Cultural Park). There's a $2 donation and worth much more. For more information, visit or call (727) 582-2100.

5 Visit the beach. Since most people stay home on Christmas Day, getting there should be easy and you may have the place to yourself.

7 Make out an attack plan for Saturday's bargain hunting. Don't forget to add energy-friendly LED lights to your list for next year's decorations.

8 Take the family to a nursing home and entertain residents with your caroling skills. (Call first to make sure it's okay.)

9 Write a letter to Santa thanking him for putting you on his "nice" list.

10 If that isn't the case, beg forgiveness for your "transgressions," promise it won't happen again, and be extremely careful of leaving voice mail messages.

Add movie, marshmallows to day's merriment 12/24/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 24, 2009 6:45pm]
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