Surprising mom? Totally priceless.
I got a hug and a kiss and a smack on the rump for not letting her clean house before I arrived. But dude, totally worth it.
I've helped put up and trim the tree, have wrapped a million presents, and oh yeah, someone remind me never ever ever to go to a mall the weekend before xmas. I have no idea what I was thinking when I volunteered to go pick up "one last thing." It must be the euphoria associated with home-cooked food and family, that's my only excuse.
Okay, little brother is eying the computer like it's his turn or something...kids these days :).