With the last few bites of our Turkey Day feast finished off Sunday night, I’m ready to shift into high gear to prepare for the upcoming December holidays. I envy those who seem to be able to shop for Christmas gifts all year round in an effort to avoid the holiday crunch. I guess I never like to get started too early as I’ve always felt Thanksgiving just doesn’t get its fair shake in the retail arena with Christmas decorations and television commercials advertising Christmas specials as soon as Halloween is over. I even heard one radio station begin its annual tradition of playing only Christmas songs that started a few days before Thanksgiving! Although I’m definitely not a bah- humbug sort of person when it comes to Christmas, I just enjoy relishing Thanksgiving and all its trimmings. I even started a new tradition this year by participating in the Roseville Turkey Trot that was held Thursday morning at the Maidu Community Center. The weather was perfect, the route was flat and after running the 10K course, I was happy to get in my exercise for the day and didn’t worry about eating so many Thanksgiving goodies later that day. Now with about four weeks until Dec. 25, there’s much to be done. But in between all the shopping, parties, Christmas card mailings and baking, there’s a plethora of family-themed events and activities in which to enjoy, no matter what your schedule, including helping the Girl Scouts of Troop No. 1439 of Roseville fill Christmas stockings for the residents of Mistywood Retirement home. Or you could visit the seniors at Sierra Pointe Thursday where an array of delicious desserts will be offered and the story of Ebenezer Scrooge will be told. To participate, bring a non-perishable food item. Being able to teach young children the value of being on the “giving” side of the holidays is a valuable lesson. Just think of how much happiness your donation could provide for an elderly person who may not have many friends or relatives nearby. Take a night off from cooking Friday night and enjoy a warm cup of cider, soup or other treats at the annual city of Roseville Christmas tree lighting ceremony that takes place beginning at 5 p.m. on Vernon Street in Roseville. There will be tons of fun for the kids with cookie decorating stations, holiday-themed movies that will be playing on the inflatable screen and even a visit from Santa Claus. Get ready for lots of “ohs” and “awes” as the switch is turned on the city’s impressive tree at 6:30 p.m. Nothing says holiday more than the classic “Nutcracker “ ballet. There are several Roseville and Granite Bay dancers who would appreciate your support this season by attending a performance of the Placer Theatre Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet that is being performed this weekend in Auburn. Call 630-7820 to purchase your tickets. If you’re the type who enjoys buying a personalized gift for those on your list, a visit to the 20th annual Holiday Craft Faire is in order on Saturday. It takes place at Maidu Community Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. I’ve heard there are to be more than 120 different local crafters each offering something unique. That’s just what’s going on this weekend. Hopefully you’ll find time to enjoy at least one. Check The Press Tribune to keep informed about events the rest of the month.