just a quick note, to say: i love this time of year. times filled with card-writing, present-wrapping and tree-decorating. making cookies as a family and pulling out all of the pretty christmas decorations. eating big bowls of hot soup and watching classic holiday movies like rudolph and the island of misfit toys, a christmas story, christmas vacation, elf, and my favorite, the polar express. seeing lights on neighboring houses and taking little boys to storybook land. aahhh, december is a wonderful month, isn't it?