Well, it's a great story to tell the kids, but we all know when the little ones go nighty-night on Christmas Eve...that's when our work really begins.
There's another poem, one by Robert Frost, that I think better captures tonight for all the families who've struggled through a very tough year.
It's called "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening." Unlike good old ma and pa snuggled in their beds...this protagonist is in the cold...gazing into the deep woods.
Frost writes, "The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep."
If it's been a hard year, and at times you really felt like stopping...you're not alone. But tonight you'll exclaim as you drink and you dine...we've made it this far...we're going to be fine.
Merry Christmas everyone.
That's a page from my notebook.
I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.