Friday, December 25, 2009

I am home.



Santa did in fact come.



Santa did in fact bring Jane her opera wig (or Oprah...however you look at it)



Santa brought Claire her army outfit.



Santa brought Nicholas a rocket ship and Max from Where the Wild Things are
(and also a record of the soundtrack)


Santa brought Oliver a wooden castle.

...and...
Mr. Nielson got me a beautiful bread machine.
I got Mr. Nielson that exact same beautiful bread machine.
Neither of us asked for one.
We both thought we'd be sneaky.
Now we have two beautiful bread machines.
A complete surprise to the both of us.
It's fun to be on the same page....(right hon?)

Santa is tired (or so I bet)
Christmas Eve, at exactly 12:47 am I got a text.
It read:

"anyone still up?"

It was from Jesse.
Pretty soon texts from almost every one of my siblings came in.
We were all up. We were all making magic at home for our children.
I sent pictures of Mr. Nielson assembling presents.
Some of us were wrapping gifts and some eating Santa's cookies and drinking his milk.
I am so happy to be home. I am happy to be here.
I am happy that I got to play charades with my family tonight
and laugh and drink "black death" (as my Nana called it...aka Coke.)
It was a joy to watch my brothers wrestle eachother
and throw their kids in dog-piles on my parents
family room floor.
Dad kept the fire stoked.
Mom passed out sugar cookies.
I am home.

This truly is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.


Merry Christmas to you and yours.

-Nie.