M (to the cats) - Don't scratch the curtains. It's not nice.
M (to a 9-month old) - Don't throw the toy. It's not nice.
M (to houseguests) - Those are Mommy's Things. Don't touch.
M (to me) - You have no socks on. You must put on some socks.
Me to M: It's time to go to bed now.
M: No thank you.
Work has kindly released us early, so I'm off to do some complex and ill-advised cookery assissted by a small person in anticipation of the triumph that is convincing my sister's (ginger-haired, six-foot boyfriend) who has agreed to be Santa this year.
Happy holidays and best wishes for the season to you and yours. xxx