It is Dec. 4, and it is Santa’s List Day. Have you been good all year? Have you been naughty? Or, have you been nice? You do know, Santa knows. Santa elves have been everywhere, checking up on children of all ages (yes, that means you too) all over the world, to see who has been naughty, and who has been nice.

Thanks to the hard work of his elves, who are very tech savvy, Santa has two lists. The short list contains the names of a few children who have been naughty. A much longer list is filled with the names of children who have been good all year long.

Which list are you on?

I have it on good authority that Santa’s List Day was created at the North Pole. I have interviewed Santa and a few of his top elves. They tell me that they strive to make the first draft of Santa’s “Naughty” and “Nice” lists by today. The elves use technology such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and, of course, the old school way, the always-informative Elf on the Shelf, to keep in the know. Then they continue to review and adjust the list, all the way to Christmas Eve.

Santa told me that doing extra chores, using your cell phone to a minimum, talking instead of texting; and not using hateful language and, of course, doing something special to help out around the house between now and Christmas will get you off the Naughty List and onto the Nice List. Better be good for goodness sake.

Is the Christmas tree up? Decorated? How about the outside – the inflatable aired up, all the moving parts that are supposed be moving, actually moving? And the lights – I love all the lights and the scenes on the lawns. There are really fun decorations at some homes I have driven by – very festive and creative. I am hoping to see a life size nativity scene, wouldn’t that be awesome? I have friends who live on Corvey Court that go all out. I call them the “Griswolds” (from the Christmas Vacation movie). There are clusters of different lighted scenes covering their front lawn, the front of the home and garage. And they add a new scene every year. And then there is a home down the way and around the corner that literally covered their whole front lawn with lights – it looks fantastic, and such a simple idea. There is a question out there for the Christmas light connoisseurs – old fashion D7 and D9 lights or LED lights? The LEDs have an intense bright glow, but the D7s and the D9s have the nostalgic memory attachment that just reminds a person of Christmas.

Twenty, yes, count them – 20 shopping days, left until Christmas. It is crunch time. Speaking of lists, hopefully the wish lists were made on Thanksgiving, and when all have viewed them, it is time to do some serious shopping.

Of course, some of you hit the Black Friday sales that started on Nov. 1 (yes, I meant that sarcastically) and you are wrapping your treasures while the rest of us are pounding the pavement or surfing the web for that one elusive special gift left on our shopping list.

Of course, some of you like to wait till the last few days to complete your Christmas shopping. I think it is the challenge of the hunt.

Dates to remember:

Saturday, Dec. 14 – Craft Fair at Arcohe School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 20 – Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year

Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 – No school for the high schools

Wednesday, Dec. 25 – Christmas

Wednesday, Jan. 1, – New Year’s Day

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous, make a memory.