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It’s Christmas Eve. You’re a Jew. What to do? Let’s assume you’ve already eaten Chinese food and gone to the movies. Let’s also assume that all your Gentile friends are busy eating ham, the TV is showing nothing but Yule logs, the radio is playing nothing but “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and you’ve either eaten, broken, or returned eight days’ worth of Hannukah gifts. No worries: This year, the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center has scheduled a full day of character-building charity work for ya—you can give blood, help out at a homeless shelter, even spend some quality time with the elderly. Why, you might ask, is the DCJCC sponsoring a community-service day on Christmas Eve? As a lifelong Jew, I’ll make an educated guess: because Jews love helping people. Especially when they don’t have to do much because the people they’re helping are passed out from an eggnog buzz. Community-service day starts at 6 a.m. at the DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. $18 (registration fee). To register call (202) 518-9400. (Josh Levin)