Attention last minute shoppers . . .
If, like me, you have waited until the last few days before Christmas to find that special something for loved ones, I have some kindly intended advice: fogettaboutit.
It's long past shipping deadlines and most of the department stores have probably been completely picked over. It's just too late (and I am talking mostly to you men planning to run off on Christmas Eve). Go home, be with your family, fire up the yule log, and make a donation to a worthy charity your thoughtful gift this year. Less craziness for you, more good for a world in need, particularly in a year when charitable giving may be driving off a cliff.
Here's some ideas in no particular order:
Heifer Project 
Bread for the World 
Cross international 
Food for the poor 
Merry Christmas to you. God bless all here.