Thank you so much for being here this year. It’s been a rough one, hasn’t it? No sense in dancing around that elephant in the room. That said, I’m very glad and so grateful that you are a part of our holidays this year.
This is a unique year for Matt and me. Normally, we travel somewhere cold and snowy so that Matt can enjoy the holidays (and try not to miss too many Dallas Cowboys football games in the process). But this year, Hurricane Harvey was an uninvited guest who “encouraged” us to remodel our home a bit sooner than we would have liked to. Good riddance, Harvey!
What that means is that we are going to be home for the holidays and I will have a brand-new kitchen to cook in for all of us and I am so glad that you are here to be part of it. There are only going to be the three of us, not counting the three cats who are very glad not to be cooped up in one room anymore as they were during the remodel; they will insist on cuddling up to you at your side as you sit or on your lap if you let them. Additionally, for three people, I make way too much food. Please eat to your heart’s content! We can go the traditional route: turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, rolls and a couple pies. I love to bake, and I’m still perfecting my pie crust. You’ll have to let me know if I get it right. I’m a sucker for chocolate-chip pecan pie. I hope you like it! Or maybe we’ll decide to break tradition, too? Lasagna? Pizza? Chinese? We can decide! It’s all up to us and we are going to indulge ourselves.
After food, if you aren’t a football fan, that’s okay! I’m not either! We can indulge in other traditions: each year, we watch Rudolph, Frosty (the old stop-motion versions, of course) and best of all, Emmit Otter’s Jugband Christmas. If you haven’t yet seen it, you’re in for a treat. I admit to being a sap and watching Love, Actually too. Or you are welcome to our books; we are both avid readers, we have a lot of those: help yourself!
Be prepared: Matt is a huge fan of the tradition of holiday stockings: he puts a great deal of thought into them and you can plan on getting a lot of little things you didn’t know you wanted or needed – no socks or toothbrushes there! Well, unless you want there to be; I do love a good new toothbrush. There are always candy treats in there, too, thank goodness. Take your time with yours.
When all is said and done, the best gift we can have as we all put 2017 behind us is you. You are valuable, you are good, and you are just exactly the person you need to be. You are the best addition to the family we can ask for. We hope you feel warm and cherished and as special as we know you are. Your unique talents, gifts, and presence are exactly what this holiday needs to be perfect. Thank you so much for being part of our family.
Much love and many hugs,
Laura and Matt (and Porter, Pym, and Tyg the cats!)!