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"When it turns midnight on New Year's Eve, it will be the best night ever," says Anna Sophia Berglund. "I'll be like, 'My month is here!'"

It's true: the next time the clock strikes twelve, when 2010 morphs into 2011, the Playmate of the Month title will peacefully transfer, as it has for over 50 years, from Miss December to the 24-year-old Palos Verdes Peninsula High School grad for a constitutional term of 31 days. And she plans to appreciate each one.

Joining the Playmates of the Month pantheon--whose ranks include Jayne Mansfield, Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy, and Shannon Tweed--is "really a huge honor," an excited Berglund told LAist.com when we caught up with her this week. In her home town of San Pedro, especially, she notes, "people have been so cool and supportive. Nobody's said anything negative at all. And the issues in the stores there are already sold out!"

Also adding to the giddiness of Berglund's holiday season was the Christmas Eve Twitter announcement by Playboy titan Hugh Hefner that he had just gotten engaged to her closest friend, Crystal Harris (Miss December 2009).