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Story last updated at 5:10 PM on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Homer's Best Bets


Photo by Mackibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Creating for a cause Creative Kids for a Cause — twins Aliann and Danica Schmidt of Soldotna and their mother, Margaret Griffin-Schmidt — sell jewelry at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds last Saturday. Proceeds went to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Tree up. Check. Blinking lights up. Check. Gifts wrapped, fruitcake made, stocking stuffers bought, Christmas cards written. Check, check, check — oh wait. Holy Rudolph, Betsteroids! If you're like the Betster, just when you think you've taken care of every last detail, there's always something you forgot.

Well, don't despair. It's only Dec. 22, and you have three days left. Two if you don't count Christmas Eve, which can be kind of a wash if you expect to find everything on your list at the last moment. Even Santa has trouble delivering. Stuff happens. Elves get sick. Production lines get messed up. Wish lists get lost in translation. Reindeers chip a hoof.

It all comes together Christmas morning, when families gather and share what really matters — time together with loved ones. Wednesday was the solstice, that astronomical moment when the sun seems to stand still, even if we don't. We start gaining minutes and then hours of daylight. Soon we'll be blessed with sunshine before we go to work and when we come home.

Take time to cherish the joy and peace of the season, and if you have a little time left over, check out some of these Best Bets:

BEST IT'S A WRAP BET: Need some last-minute help on wrapping gifts? Swing by Ulmer's from noon to 5 p.m. today and Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and volunteers from the American Legion Auxiliary have your back. Donations support veterans programs.

BEST SONGS OF THE SEASON: Catch the mellow tunes of Rev. Poorchild as he play Christmas guitar instrumentals all over town today through Saturday and on Monday. Don't miss Mayor James Hornaday on the ukulele — he's part of Michael Murray and Friends, performing 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Friendship Center.

BEST JOY OF THE SEASON BET: Get in the Christmas spirit — what? You haven't already? — with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at the faith of your choice. See page 2 or the Calendar, page 18, for the many options.

BEST BOX IT UP BET: While the British celebrate Boxing Day on Monday — the day when hard working servants get gifts — we celebrate Monday with a day off. Relax, take it easy and then get some of that great snow and sunshine with the Ski Your Age Event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Meet at the Sunset Loop Trailhead parking lot on Diamond Ridge Road next to the Alascom towers. Ski your age in kilometers or join the Century Club by skiing 100 klicks minus your age — a cinch at 99.