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Don’t Fake the Fun this Christmas

I can’t wait for Black Friday to end so I can bring out the Christmas lights, blow up my plastic, inflatable Santa Clause and put a manger on the roof. Then, I help my folks hang tons of those fake looking, so called icicle lights and put that white coating on the tree. Nothing says Christmas like fake snow in Southern California.  When relatives visit from back East, they always get a kick out of the surfers and skate boarders crowded along the Venice Beach boardwalk.  You see lots of guys in shorts and tees with those furry Santa’s elves hats on and sunglasses to block the glare of the sun off the sand.  And who doesn’t love the parade of dogs going by with those fake antlers on their heads.  Out here, you’re as likely to smell barbeque on the grill as you are a turkey frying in the …