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Coco, adopted from the Charleston Animal Society in 2011, shifts into high gear two months ago near the Pitt Street Bridge in Mount Pleasant. Pets rescued from area shelters can make great Christmas gifts. Frank Wooten/Staff

So what do you want for Christmas?

Good luck on Santa — or somebody else — making it happen.

But just in case the smartphone, Hatchimals Egg, drone, Harley, Fiesta Bowl tickets, AR-15, newspaper subscription and/or considerable chunk of change that you crave aren't waiting for you under the tree five mornings from now, count the gifts you've already received, including:

Good health: OK, so maybe you don't feel so good today. But even if you're ailing, if you can read this, you're not dead yet.

Good family: Sure, there are some strained relationships with relations from time to time. But loyal loved ones remain a treasure transcending financial measure. And reconciliations with kinfolk who betrayed you, or who think you betrayed them, do occasionally happen. As for those of us who've lost loved ones in recent years, we still have our precious memories of them.

Good friends: You need them. They need you. It's a win-win deal.

Good fishing: Anglers in these parts can hook into fun in both saltwater and the fresh variety.

Good golf: The tri-county has plenty of fine courses that are tempting Tiger Wooten, like Tiger Woods, to make a comeback.

Good examples: They abound in our community as good people consistently respond to terrible situations with courage, compassion, resolve and reason.

Good nature: Though the population of our state has steeply climbed over the last few decades, you still don't have to go far to get away from it all, out in the woods or into the water.

They rescue you, too

Good pets: Terrific dogs, cats and other critters are waiting for you to adopt them at modest cost from area shelters. The Charleston Animal Society, where the wonder dog Coco came from and into our family five years and two months ago, is offering sweet bargains this week. Pet Helpers and other area shelters also have good offers on devoted animal companions.

Good sports: Clemson's football team is two victories away from a national championship. The Citadel's football team won its first 10 games this season and the Southern Conference title. Charleston Southern's football team won the Big South title. South Carolina's women's and men's basketball teams are nationally ranked. And longtime rasslin' fans, including me, sense that The Shield (Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and my favorite, Dean "Lunatic Fringe" Ambrose) will reunite. See, reconciliations really can happen.

Good riddance: To the peevish, futile quest to overturn the presidential election. The Electoral College affirmed Donald Trump's victory Monday. So try to be a good sport by dropping the sore-loser — or sore-winner — acts.

Good sign: The stock market has done quite well since Election Day. It's even gone up since the Federal Reserve Board announced an overdue interest-rate hike last week. Hey, if you don't make money worth much, it won't be.

Good cheer: This time of year brings out intense stress in stores, on the roadways and elsewhere. But it also brings out the best in many folks of all ages — and the giddy glee of kids anticipating a major haul of presents.

And now, goodbye ...

Such sweet sorrow

Since my August 1978 start as a photographer and reporter in The Orange and White's first season of covering Clemson sports, it's been my privilege, honor and pleasure to work at newspapers.

In lieu of a thank-you farewell tour, here's a parting shot of gratitude to co-workers and readers, past and present, for my long, lucky run in this business as it ends this week.

Meanwhile, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays.

And keep reading the paper.

Frank Wooten is assistant editor of The Post and Courier. His email is