Three for December

Hands holding Christmas present

The chill of December is always offset by the warmth of the holidays.

Enjoy those who are near, contact those who are far and don’t deny those cookies (or a walk on a sunny day).

Be a giver

You’ve already picked up gifts for everyone on your list, plus a few extras. You’re set on the giving front ... or are you?

What about a gift for that nonprofit agency you’ve been meaning to donate to? No worries. Just cosy up with your computer on Dec. 10, Colorado Gives Day.

For 24 hours on Dec. 10, you can give to Colorado nonprofit groups through

If you would like to give but don’t have a specific nonprofit organization in mind, you can search for one by ZIP code, county or cause.

In 2012, $15.4 million was donated.

Go to to learn more.

Light on Day

The Winter Solstice is 
Dec. 21, otherwise known as the shortest day of the year.

There will be nine hours, 25 minutes and 18 seconds of daylight, according to

In Grand Junction, sunrise will be at 7:30 a.m. and sunset at 4:55 p.m.

While only a few seconds shorter than the days before and after, just knowing that it’s the shortest day of the year can make it feel sort of claustrophobic.

Combat this feeling by going for a walk and letting the brisk air and sunshine wake you up. With all the holiday hubbub, it might do you a world of good.


Holiday tunes

There are those who got their Christmas music out with their Halloween decorations.

And there are others who kept those holiday bells in check until after Thanksgiving.

No matter which camp you fall into, holiday playlists can be helpful and fun to peruse.

So here is one excerpted from iTunes Classic Christmas Song playlist on Nov. 25.

■ “Santa Baby” — Eartha Kitt

■ “The Chanukah Song” — Adam Sandler

■ “Hard Candy Christmas” — Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers

■ “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” — Amy Grant

■ “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” — Elmo & Patsy

■ “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” — Darlene Love

■ “White Christmas” — The Drifters

■ “Joy to the World” — Johnny Cash

■ “What Child Is This” — Andrea Bocelli (with Mary J. Blige)

■ “Sleigh Ride” — Ella Fitzgerald

■ “Blue Christmas” — Elvis

■ “Tennessee Christmas” — Alabama

■ “Feliz Navidad” — Jose Feliciano

■ “Mary, Did You Know?” — Kathy Mattea

■ “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” — The Ronettes

■ “Twelve Days of Christmas” — John Denver & The Muppets

■ “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” — Perry Como & The Fontaine Sisters

■ “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” — Bruce Springsteen

■ “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” — Twisted Sister

■ “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” — Brenda Lee

■ “Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season” — Andy Williams


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