A few weeks ago I was G-chatting with Dad, Belize direct to the Pittsboro library, and he said, "I have to go. I have to play Saint Nicholas at 6pm for Niko and Laxmi." Nicole had already set up a smiling but somewhat sinister figure in the foyer, under which Niko and Laxmi would deposit their shoes.
What happened after that depends on who you ask. Dad says he made it halfway across the walkway before he let out a bloodcurdling yell that echoed against the forest, and then knocked on the house with his walker "for about five minutes" while Pam deposited the candy in the children's shoes.
If you ask Niko, he only said, "Boom!...Boom."
...and Laxmi kept her silence, sucked on her candy, and pondered all these things in her heart.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!