Man About Menifee: Christmas Isn't All About the Decorations

By David Baker

As I've mentioned before, we here at the Baker household have been getting ready for Christmas. We've been putting up decorations, buying presents and in general, getting ready for the holiday.

This week has been a little tough. First Joshuah, and then one by one everybody else, fell to whatever stomach virus is going around right now. We did manage to get some lights up, though. We wrapped our palm trees in candy cane fashion with red and white lights and Nikk got them up along the roof. Unfortunately, we were only halfway done with the decorating when everything came to a halt.

While we didn't participate too much in the hubbub of Black Friday this year, we did take advantage of a few sales last weekend. Jennifer prefers shopping online and having it all conveniently delivered and was able to get most of the kids' gifts bought.

This weekend, we will be picking up our Christmas tree, bringing it home and decorating it. Joshuah is extremely excited about all the lights and decorations, or what he calls "pretties", starting to appear around town.

It's fun for me to get to see my children's faces light up with wonder and anticipation the closer we get to Christmas. Seeing the surprise on their face when they get whatever it is they wanted even some of those things they didn't think they were going to get is a fun experience for me.

I enjoy buying my children things when I can. However, one of the things I worry about the most is giving them the wrong impression of the holiday and letting them think it's more about the commercialization then about giving goodwill.

That's why this Christmas season one of the causes that I'm proud to support is the Menifee Christmas Dinner. This weekend you can plan on seeing us helping out with the toy drives on the 7th and 8th as well as next weekend, the 14th and 15th. If you happen to see them outside Ralph's market on Antelope Road, feel free to make a donation as well.

David Baker, our Man About Menifee, writes about his adventures in and around town every Friday in this space. You may leave comments for him here or email him at


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