I have never quite felt like Santa Claus as much as I did today. I went to visit friends who adopted a little girl and they hadn’t gotten around to putting up a Christmas tree and aren’t really prone to holiday decorating.

So I got the idea last week to buy a small Christmas tree and some ornaments and trek down to Baltimore to spread a little cheer. I did the wise after-Christmas-sales approach and found a bunch of really cool animal ornaments in Macy’s. Then, with the help of a friend, I grabbed the last four-foot tree in Duane Reade, complete with lights. This made the friend accompanying me exclaim, “A Christmas miracle!”

Today I unveiled the gift for my friends and little Pilar and let’s just say it went over very well. It gave me such joy.