These days, the 1 percent are fond of pushing back the green-and-red of Christmas until it locks loins with the red-white-and-blue of July 4 — while you, in your infinite procrastinating wisdom, will make something charming and/or pathetic just hours before Santa comes down the chimney to feed his diabetes. But now there's a middle ground: the Etsy Craft Night: Christmas Ornaments (or “Xmas Ornaments,” for all you atheists). It's led by the crafty Mark Montano (author of The Big-Ass Book of Crafts), and for a measly five bucks you'll get drinks and snacks, plus all the materials you'll need to make the ornaments that show you care — or, at the very least, demonstrate an illusion of caring. Pinecones, glitter, construction paper, semispoiled salsa — it's all fair game, and everyone will know it's beautiful because it's a gift you made yourself. Get it out of the way now, because there are more pressing things to do for the holidays — like taking a broom handle and gathering up cobwebs to convince your kids it's Christmas cotton candy! Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd.; Thurs., Nov. 3, 7 p.m.; $5. (323) 937-4230,

Thu., Nov. 3, 7 p.m., 2011

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