Happy Hanukkah, and Merry Christmas! But around here, we’re pretty equal-opportunity: So… Happy light-the-candles, sing-the-songs, eat- the-food, be-surrounded-by-love, in the darkest season, on the coldest nights!
If only you were here, I’d give you one of those big, almost-too-long, almost-too-squeezy, rocking-back-and-forth-a-little hugs (only if you want one, of course) to make sure you know how glad I am to see you. Then I’ll try to feed you, and bug you to set down your things and make yourself comfortable. Don’t mind if you spot a dust bunny, and the boys’ toys will probably be all over the floor again … Sometimes it’ll be loud here, sometimes quiet, but always glad to see you. Admire the tree, and maybe say that the food smells good? Can I get you anything? Want to read the boys a story? It’s hard when family is far away. Did I tell you how glad I am you’re here?
Our part of Colorado isn’t usually all that snowy, but here’s hoping for a white Christmas anyway. We’re going to stay close to home this year. But we’ll cram in as many celebrations as possible: lighting Hanukkah candles, frying latkes for a small party, ripping open presents, putting up a tree and turning on the fairy lights every night, baking cookies for Santa, and answering every question about what we think Santa’s doing RIGHT NOW. Jump in and add any details you’ve got to the story, the more the better, just expect to answer MORE questions! The five year old has an endless number.
Then on Christmas Eve, special stories, maybe even some hot cocoa, then bedtime, and sneaky-quiet filling the little guys’ stockings, and hopefully waking to the five year old hopping around in pure excitement! The one and half year old doesn’t quite understand, but if his big brother is excited, he is too! It’s hard not to spoil them rotten, I love picking out just the right presents for everyone. I hope someday they understand that Santa is really an overflow of the love in this season, but for now we’re building holiday traditions and wonder and magic. We’ve got plenty of that for you too, and an extra stocking or two!
I know it is cheesy, but we are really grateful you’re around. That’s really what this is about, being grateful for love, for warmth, and for light, in a season when we’re hoping the sun will just come back. So even if this is a dark season for you (and the holidays can really get dark); know that the sun is coming back! You are personally bringing light into our lives (and others too, more than you can know!) and making this world a better place just by being here. I’m proud of you, and I love you just as you are,
You holiday mom, Auntie Bec