I know you've all been on the edge of your seats wondering if I pulled off the big Doggie caper. Well, wonder no more! Firstborn found Doggie under the tree on Christmas morning and was impressed enough with Santa's magical search-and-rescue powers that he informed me over breakfast "Doggie was the best Christmas present of all!"
This is pretty good, considering ALL I have heard about for the last month is how desperately Firstborn wants "Lego Indiana Jones: Ambush in Cairo", which, for those of you not familiar with these things, is a piddly little $13 set that there was never any question he'd be getting in his stocking. By Christmas morning, I'd heard it over and over so many times, it had become our family's version of the "official Red Rider carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time."
So, I think it's safe to say that Firstborn had a very Merry Christmas. Rosemary's Baby's haul was first-rate too. Because they're both still young, I didn't spend money until my credit card melted. But, judging from the way Rosemary's Baby reacted to his Slinky, I'm pretty sure I didn't need to.
And if your memory is really good, you might recall my plan to resurrect our Christmas Eve tradition of getting a Chinese takeout. It was pretty close there (the restaurant ran into a glitch with their ventilation system and only opened the doors 5 days before Christmas), but I drove through the unplowed streets of town after a rather large snowfall, almost got stuck twice, got my takeout, and it was delicious. The kids weren't impressed, but that just means more leftovers for me.
I hope you're all having as nice a Christmas season as we are! Happy Holidays!