CHRISTMAS TREES Choose a real tree this year and have a traditional experience. Who cares if you have to vacuum up a few needles or set it out for recycling? Trees are grown on tree farms. They cleanse the environment and the wood chips act as vitamins for our hungry soil. Real trees are far better than artificial trees made from petroleum-based materials that destroy our planet. Santa’s tip: Get a real tree this year. CHRISTMAS GIFTS Ah. My favorite subject. My job is to deliver the goods to all the good boys and girls. But let me offer up a little gift-giving advice for all you parents…this year try to get your kids gifts that promote activity. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the amount of pressure you are under - your kids need the latest/greatest game or talking Elmo. But you also don’t want your children spending the entire day sitting on the sofa playing video games and getting chunky. They need to run, jump and engage their imaginations. The change might take some getting used to, but it will help them in the long run. Santa’s tip: Give a baseball glove or a skateboard or a jump rope. CHRISTMAS CARDS A generic card from the local mega-store cannot convey the true spirit of the holiday. Christmas Create-a-Cards and Christmas e-mail postcards are bad taste. If you send out Christmas cards, take the time to add a personal note telling the recipient how you truly feel about them. Santa’s tip: Try visiting one of our local gift shops for a more meaningful holiday greeting.