I spent some time subcontracting this week for a firm based in the North Pole (and not the one from which Michigan Tech hockey recruit Pheonix Copley is from).
Working with the little ones is rewarding to the soul and helpful for the journalist - without kids of my own, how else am I supposed to know what the hot toys are out there?
The kids in our community have sent in their letters to Santa, but what about those big kids in the sports world? Since I have some "connections" in the "business," they sent them to me and I am prepared to share them with you.
Thanks for the championship belt last year. I don't want to sound ungrateful, but I want the new model, too.
Aaron, Green Bay
My friends and I have been pretty good this year after we'd been bad for a long time. Yes, I did step on that guy, but I bet you'd get pretty mad too if your reindeer kept untying your boots all the time.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Still on the naughty list.
When you come to my house, please change out of your red suit or leave your presents in the driveway. I'll have a blue Christmas, with or without you.
Brady, Ann Arbor
I'd like tickets to a BCS bowl game this year. And could you throw in some for next year, too? Looks like I'm going to have some free time around the holidays.
I want something from Cuba. His name is Yoenis Cespedes and he's not a cigar. But if you have cigars, too, I know someone who might like them in his stocking.
Is there a new version of "Dance Dance Revolution" out? I've gotten pretty good at messing up the first two minutes of a song and doing good enough on the last 30 seconds to get a passing grade.
Lots of lawyers and a few scientists, please.
I'd like a Cup please. Many of my friends have gotten one before. The kind you get from the NHL, not the kind you get from the sporting goods store.
As for me, I've certainly got some things on my list, but when you get to work with such great colleagues, coaches, athletes and friends, it's hard to be wanting in any way. May you have a Merry Christmas and many happy holidays to come.
Brandon Veale can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @redveale.