This column is normally filled with activities from around the parish. This week it is not. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything to do.

Make plans to attend a church service. Area churches have them at various times of the day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Find a group still accepting donations for Christmas gifts and help people who are still recovering after the 2016 floods, or reach out to people in Houston who suffered similar losses in Hurricane Harvey.

Check on people in your neighborhood or at work who don't have family nearby or may not be able to do something special for the holidays.  

Invite people to share Christmas Day in your home or offer to drop off a meal for someone who can't get out. Find a group that is helping feed people and join them for a few hours. 

Get some rest. Play games with your family. Go for a walk, by yourself or with loved ones. Remember that things don't have to be perfect.

Most importantly, enjoy your holiday.

Christmas lights still shine

  • Through Jan. 7, the city's holiday LED light show in the historic district, featuring thousands of blinking and twinkling lights synchronized to Christmas tunes, is available for motorists to drive through. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., set the radio to 105.9 FM when entering to hear the music as your family experiences the lights.
  • And to tackle lights on foot, don't forget ZooLights at the BREC Zoo runs through Dec. 30, but it is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the grounds closing at 9 p.m. The milelong trail has more than 50 illuminated displays. Special activities include ornament crafting on Dec. 22-23 and Ugandan Kids Choir performances at 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Dec. 23. Admission is $5 for adults and teens, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 2 to 12 and for Friends of the Zoo members.

Library pre- and post-Christmas

Be sure to visit ebrpl.com to find activities happening in a library branch near you. While the library is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, some branches do have activities before and after the holiday. This includes a holiday movie marathon on Friday at the Main Branch on Goodwood Boulevard in Baton Rouge.

In addition to Christmas, people are getting excited about the release of the latest Star Wars movie. Joining the fun, the Zachary branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is having a Star Wars Galaxy Slime event at 2 p.m. on Dec. 27 for children ages 8 to 11.

After listening to and browsing through "Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure" by Matthew Reinhart, participants will create various colors of slime with dashes of glitter. Each child will receive a portion of the finished product to take home. Registration is required as there are limited spots.

Also, the library will be open until 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

Send news, events and photos for the Baker, Chaneyville, Pride and Zachary areas to zachary@theadvocate.com by 10 a.m. Monday or call (225) 388-0215.