And after a frantic day and a half of wrapping, it's done. Santa's has been here - presents are under the tree, stockings are stuffed, milk has been drunk, cookies eaten, carrots and celery gnawed, letter left. Check, check, check. The jolly elf himself and his helper, Mrs. Santa, have enjoyed their hot toddy and with a quick peak at NORAD to see that the sleigh is actually somewhere over New Orleans and rapidly making final approach to the west coast at this time, I'm finally ready to head to bed for that promised long winter's nap.
Tomorrow will be a joyous one - presents to be opened, toys to be tried out, cousins to play with, festive food to be shared with family...all with (hopefully) no major meltdowns (I'm talking about the adults here - the boys will all no doubt get naps!)
Wherever life takes you this next year, here is my wish for you:
Nollaig Shona Dhuit
And warmest wishes for 2014!