For us, time is just about out. I still have to make the brownies for chocolate trifle, and the meatballs for tonight.I want to strip my bed (mom is sleeping over tonight) and have the kids vaccum the stairs/ do the bathrooms/ tidy up. They also need to clean out the van. But then we have to deliver the candy to the fire station, police station and the rectory. My husband will hit 7-11. He always leaves $20 to buy coffee for the first 10 people who want some. We exchange gifts with each other this afternoon. (We've always done that. That way the kids' lower budget gits aren't dwarfed by the larger Santa gifts.) They're going to love the gifts they've chosen for each other-- now that they're getting older, there was a lot of thought put into this year's gifts. From us, the kids will get rolling duffles (they really need them before this summer's Disney trip), the mandatory pair of PJs, and a single share of Disney Stock. Everything else comes from Santa. Then it's off to 4 pm mass-- which means we need to be in the school gym by 3:30. (We don't even try for the 4 pm in the church. We would get there on time. But then we would end up giving up our seats to some elderly man or woman and standing anyway. It's simply easier to give in and go to the gym. ) From there it's home to pick up the meatballs and trifle and the first round of gifts, and off to my sister's. It's immediate family-- and there are 34 of us on my side, aside from the 4 or 5 on my brother in law's side. It's hectic and crazy and my favorite night of the year. Then it's home and to bed, so Santa can arrive. The kids will sleep in tomorrow, at least until my 10 year old can't stand it another minute and gets them up at about 8. It's presents, cinnamon buns and coffee/ tea, and a quiet morning. Merry Christmas to all!